RubyLyn Bishop is a sixteen year old girl living in Appalachian Kentucky in 1969. As a child she was orphaned and taken in by her uncle, Gunner. RubyLyn struggles against her uncle’s strict rules and social norms in the south in the 1960’s. She pins her hopes and dreams on winning with her tobacco plant at the state fair and taking the prize money and moving out of her hometown of Nameless Kentucky.
This was such a wonderful book for me. It is so hard to find good Southern fiction and even harder to find good Appalachian fiction. I have never read an Appalachian novel that seemed so genuine before.The author paints a concise portrait of what life was like for those living in small farming towns in the 1960’s. I could tell instantly the author knew what the heart of Appalachia is like. From the poverty, to the hard work, and even the dialect.
I thought that I was going to be able to predict the outcome of the novel but it surprised me at the end with it’s twists and turns. It did drag a bit in the middle for me and the plot took awhile to fully form but I would definitely put this novel on the list of good southern fiction. I give it four and 1/2 well deserved stars.
Rating:📖 📖 📖 📖1/2
I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.