THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK
Coming Spring 2019
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 Book Woman of Troublesome Creek is a powerful message about how the written word affects people--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 Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a historical first for the introduction of Pack horse Librarians in literary novels--an atmospheric, fascinating, and important footnote of Kentucky history that should be prized and preserved.
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