A strong and beautiful story of the strength of a people and the compassion of one woman who touched many lives. In 1936 Kentucky, in the town of Troublesome Creek, lives 19-year-old Cussy Mary Carter. The last known living woman of the Blue People of Kentucky.
The Coal mines are slowly killing her father and half the town and the other half is dying from poverty and lack of medical care. Cussy is a reader. So when she hears about the historical Pack Horse Library Project she becomes a librarian on a mule. Bringing books and reading material to the hill people of Kentucky. The route is dangerous and the mules aren’t very co-operative, but Cussy is determined to bring these people a way to read and learn and to have them trust her.
She is called Bluet because of her blue skin but is known as the Book Woman. The people in town are cruel to her. Lumping her in with the coloreds in town and making sure she knows she isn’t wanted. But to those people up the mountains, she is everything.
This book is based on the true story of the family of blue skinned people in Kentucky. You can look it up. I cried so much in this book. It broke my heart the way these people treated her. But she never gave up. She kept the faith and the author did a beautiful job of making us feel all the feels!
NetGalley/ May 7th 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark