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In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry, has just snuffed out her last courting candle, just used up her last chance for 'respectability' and a marriage bed.

The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government's new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

The Borrowing Branch is a story of hope and heartbreak, raw courage and strength splintered with poverty and oppression, and one woman's chances beyond the darkly hollows.

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service,The Borrowing Branch showcases an atmospheric, fascinating, and important footnote of Kentucky history that should be prized and preserved.



NPR Kentucky - WFPL Radio News Broadcast

WFPL Interview: Kim Michele Richardson

Louisville native Kim Michele Richardson’s novels give readers a taste of life in Kentucky during the 1960’s and 70’s. Richardson spoke with WFPL’s Bill Burton about her new novel, “GodPretty in the Tobacco Field".


THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY is SIBA's 2018 selection for the brilliant TRIO. Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance!

TRIO is a cool creation and will pair SISTERS up with songwriters/musicians and visual artists who then create original works of art inspired by the novel. You can see the neat 2017 TRIO picks and pairings here:


GODPRETTY IN THE TOBACCO FIELD has been long listed for the SIBA 2017 Southern Book Prize