. . . rock and water, taken in the abstract, fail as completely to convey any idea of their fierce embracings in the throes of a rapid as the fire burning quietly in a drawing-room fireplace fails to convey the idea of a house wrapped and sheeted in flames. — (Sir William Francis Butler)
In 1952, on the night of their high school prom in rural Kentucky, two teens go missing. Twenty years later a car is pulled from the muddy river, along with clues of the young couple’s disappearance, rudely awakening the sleepy bourbon town of Glass Ferry, bringing to surface, lies and secrets long-buried off the town’s legendary Ebenezer Road. The Sisters of Glass Ferry is a haunting look at small town secrets and sibling rivalry, where lust, jealousy, love, and loss intersect with historical glimpses at a bygone era and the chilling aftereffects of lies gone unchallenged, spanning the 30s through present-day. A cultural portrait of southern family bonds, grief, retribution and atonement.
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*EDITORS' CHOICE* “Kim Michele Richardson once again evokes secretive, small-town Southern life, this time in the bourbon-distilling, riverside town of Glass Ferry. Told from Flannery’s and Patsy’s points of view, the nonlinear narrative weaves intriguing characters through the girls’ story…Like Gunnar Royal, the God-fearing onetime executioner in Richardson’s award-winning Godpretty in the Tobacco Field, it is the complex, enigmatic Hollis, a finely nuanced villain at the heart of the story, who continues to haunt long after Richardson’s skillfully crafted tale ends. Highly recommended.” – Historical Novels Review, Editor’s Choice for The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson
“This spellbinding new novel by the author of Liar’s Bench and GodPretty in the Tobacco Field powerfully blends teenage angst, a rich portrait of the American South, the blessings and curses of twinship, and the inevitably destructive nature of secrets. Ms. Richardson provides rich doses of sensory imagery, emotional stress, and moral upheaval in the small, rural town of Glass Ferry, Kentucky. This is a town whose residents are at once desirous and fearful of leaving. It’s in their blood, and their blood is in it. Ms. Richardson’s strength is her ability to put readers in the scene and into the characters’ feelings. Her evocation of the sensory world is astonishing, as is her handling of the intangible aspects of environment: values, prejudices, and aspirations. She conjures a world that seems at once vividly present and broodingly haunted."- SOUTHERN LITERARY REVIEW
Richardson's dark and immensely readable novel of jealousy, betrayal, abuse, and secrets in small-town 1950s Kentucky builds a satisfying mystery, while showing how difficult life was for young women, especially when faced with controlling men. --LIBRARY JOURNALS REVIEW
Richardson's novel is a southern gothic treat, as dark and complex as a good glass of whiskey. Fans of Mary Kubica and Emma Cline will enjoy this tender story of family legend, loss and redemption."-Booklist
"Richardson's Bourbon-Infused saga is rich with drama and family intrigue." - Publishers Weekly
"An intricate story of innocence lost. Brilliant, descriptive, raw and honest storytelling expressing the complicated bond between families. A stunning heart-stirring read. - Top Pick!RT Magazine
This heart-rending, lovely family drama spans sixty years and four generations, peeling back the layers of a small town to reveal a labyrinth of long-buried lies and a wealth of dangerous secrets suspended between three families. THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY is so fast paced I couldn’t stop turning the pages, but then I’d smash into another jewel-like sentence and have to stop to reread it. Kim Michele Richardson writes with an authentic Southern voice straight out of Kentucky, well graveled, rough with moonshine, and damn near irresistible.” — Joshilyn Jackson, NYT bestselling author of gods in Alabama and The Almost Sisters
“Kim Michele Richardson brings five decades of the South to vivid, haunting life, weaving an emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound. Her prose is simultaneously beautifully polished and emotionally raw, and so powerful I was knocked to the mat by a single sentence again and again. I am evangelical about this book”—you simply have to read it.” –Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants.
“The Sisters of Glass Ferry peels back the layers of a small town to reveal a labyrinth of long-buried secrets and dangerous lies. Richardson delivers a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric Southern Gothic tale that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.” — Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar Temptress Soldier Spy.
“Richardson has a knack for layering a landscape with secrets, for slowly revealing what’s hidden until suddenly you find what you've been chasing sitting in the palm of your hand. THE SISTERS OF GLASS FERRY is bountifully written—a place fully realized and packed with characters you won’t soon forget.” —David Joy, author of The Weight Of This World
Sisters of Glass Ferry 2018 SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE Longlist