Every state is known for something. As you work your way through the list, don’t miss the best books set in Kentucky.
Kentucky is a southeastern state bounded by the Ohio River in the north and the Appalachian Mountains in the east, with Frankfort as the state capital. The state’s largest city, Louisville, is home to the Kentucky Derby, the renowned horse race held at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
The race is preceded by a 2-week festival and celebrated in the Kentucky Derby Museum year-round.
Best Books Set in Kentucky
- Richardson, Kim Michele (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Author: Kim Michele Richardson
The bestselling historical fiction novel from Kim Michele Richardson is a novel following Cussy Mary, a packhorse librarian, and her quest to bring books to the Appalachian community she loves, perfect for readers of William Kent Kreuger and Lisa Wingate. The perfect addition to your next book club!
- Rubio, Gwyn Hyman (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
Author: Gwyn Hyman Rubio
Narrated by a grown-up Icy, the book chronicles a difficult, but ultimately hilarious and heartwarming journey, from her first spasms to her self-acceptance as a young woman. Curious about life beyond the hills, talented, and energetic, Icy learns to cut through all barriers—physical, mental, and spiritual—in order to find community and acceptance.
The Sugar Maple Grove
Author: John E. Espy
In early twentieth century Van Lear, Kentucky, miners in a conscripted coal town go down to work in the shaft only to come back up in pieces.
Company-hired detectives and preachers terrorize the workforce, their women and widows, and children into submission with threats of violence and eternal damnation while the Knights subject blacks to acts of unspeakable violence.
Author: Bill Higgs
Nothing seems to change in Eden Hill, Kentucky, and that’s just fine with Virgil T. Osgood. He’s been content to raise his family and run the only service station in town. But when a new station is set to open right across the road from Virgil’s pumps, he suddenly faces obstacles in his career, his marriage, and his self-worth that he’s never even dreamed of.
The Patron Saint Of Liars
Author: Ann Patchett
In 1992, celebrated novelist Ann Patchett launched her remarkable career with the publication of her debut novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. On this 25th anniversary, read the best-selling book that is “beautifully written a first novel that second- and third-time novelists would envy for its grace, insight, and compassion”.
St. Elizabeth’s, a home for unwed mothers in Habit, Kentucky, usually harbors its residents for only a little while. Not so Rose Clinton, a beautiful, mysterious woman who comes to the home pregnant but not unwed, and stays. She plans to give up her child, thinking she cannot be the mother it needs.
Now that you’ve completed the list of best books set in this state, why not check out some others? Here are the Best Books Set in All 50 States.
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Further Reading About the State:
- Kentucky Bucket List Adventure Guide: Explore 100 Offbeat Destinations You Must Visit!
- Kentucky (A True Book: My United States) (A True Book (Relaunch))
- Kentucky (America)
- Kentucky by the Numbers - Important and Curious numbers about Kentucky and her cities (States by the Numbers Book 17)
- Kentucky Wildlife Encyclopedia: An Illustrated Guide to Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians