I loved this book!! I never knew there were such a thing as “Blue people” and that many of them lived in the hills and hollows of the Kentucky mountains. This novel gave me insight into the “Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky” that provided reading material to the mountain people of Eastern Kentucky (I’m really glad I don’t have to ride a mule around to deliver books to our patrons 🙂 ), life in the mountains and how life was for a woman who had a previously unknown and misunderstood medical condition that caused her skin to be blue. We know of course that discrimination has always existed, and shouldn’t … this book really makes you think about how unfair it is to judge a person by the color of their skin.
I listened to the very well done audiobook edition of this book available through the library’s Hoopla collection.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Michele Richardson
May 7, 2019
print, ebook, audiobook
In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. 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.