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Nameless, Kentucky, in 1969 is a hardscrabble community where jobs are few and poverty is a simple fact - just like the hot Appalachian breeze or the pests that can wipe out a tobacco field in days. RubyLyn Bishop is luckier than some. Her God-fearing uncle, Gunnar, has a short fuse and high expectations, but he's given her a good home ever since she was orphaned at the age of five. Yet now, a month shy of her 16th birthday, RubyLyn itches for more.
Maybe it's something to do with the paper fortune-tellers RubyLyn has been making for townsfolk, each covered with beautifully wrought, prophetic drawings. Or perhaps it's because of Rainey Ford, an African American neighbor who works alongside her in the tobacco field and with whom she has a kinship despite her uncle's worrisome shadow and the town's disapproval. RubyLyn's predictions are just wishful thinking, not magic at all, but through them she's imagining life as it could be, away from the prejudice and hardship that ripple through Nameless.
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By Anonymous User on 04-13-18
Beautifully and powerfully written!
This book is so descriptive and beautifully written, you feel like you are sitting along side RubyLyn while she tells her story. You can feel the summer heat in the tobacco field. Your heart swells along with hers on her journey. The narrator’s voice is melodic, and perfect for this prose.
By Chris on 12-14-17
A Forbidden Love Story in Rural Kentucky
A sad story of a Black & White romance in the impoverished tobacco fields of rural Kentucky. It’s the early 1960’s. Told in the first person by the young trapped heroin, Godpretty tends to be sad and, at times, painful to read. The story includes dirt poor neighbors, alcoholism, sadness, and coping. The story of their romance weaves through their childhood and late adolescence to getting out of the fields, seeking a life without the poverty found back home.