All the Good Little Girls Keep Quiet by K. Kibbee
ebook, 230 pages
Expected publication: October 13th 2020 by Incorgnito Publishing Press
About the Book:
Olive Abernathy is a silver-tongued tomboy with a mean right hook, a fierce little spirit, and an inability to fit in. Her uncle mistook the Mayor's toupee for a bigfoot pelt. Her Aunt found the baby Jesus in a bowl of cornflakes. Her Mama’s holding a paddle in one hand and the world’s biggest secret in the other. Olive feels her little Louisiana town closing up around her like a pill bug and she yearns for freedom; she yearns for adventure . . . she yearns to shed the Abernathy surname that everyone in town inexplicably detests and to strike out on her own. But when Olive convinces her besotted best friend Henry, "the world's oldest living 12-year-old" to strike out and ride the rails like a starry-eyed hobo, the big city proves to her that while the grass over there might be greener, the dog in the yard's also meaner. Olive’s forced to grow up hard and fast. Olive’s forced to feel the same hard touch that her Mama felt. And Olive’s forced to realize that great cruelty exists in this world. In the summer of ’79, hell bubbled right up through the loamy Louisiana bayou just outside of Lafayette Parish and set Olive Abernathy’s world on fire. Maybe it was the little devil sittin’ side-saddle on her shoulder that turned Olive into a murderin’, hitchhikin’, train-hoppin’ vagabond at the tender age of thirteen. Or maybe…just maybe…there were a few secrets itchin’ to claw their way out of that bayou along with her.
A heart’s like a book. The story’s gonna get better every time you open it up.
This book was incredible and I adored Olive, she made me laugh and cry. In fact all the characters are finely drawn with all their imperfections and flaws - each one is convincing. You want things to turn out well for them, but you realise they may not. I would adopt Olive, she is a girl after my own heart. It is one of my best reads so far this year.
Ultimately, this is a rare, special story that will touch your heart and take your breath away. I will definitely be recommending it to all of my fellow readers and friends. Thank you Ms. Kibbee for writing such an incredible book, it is an extremely moving, gripping, complex, clever story that will stay with me forever.
Thank you NetGalley, K. Kibbee and Incorgnito Publishing Press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.