FICTION

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

Sourcebooks Landmark. Jul. 2019. 320p. ISBN 9781492678861. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781492678878. F
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DEBUT It’s May 1989, and in Bound, SC, Judith Kratt is making a list. As a girl, she inventoried her father’s store. Now, she takes stock of the objects in her family home, where she and Olva have resided their whole lives. Olva may be a housekeeper and caretaker, but Judith thinks of her as a friend. Their home’s objects tell stories, as do people, and when Judith’s long-lost, sister Rosemarie, returns after 60 years, Judith begins to speak. Her story connects the present with one horrific day in 1929 when Judith and Rosemarie’s brother, Quincy, was murdered. All three women were present that day, but all have different versions of the events that led up to that fateful moment and what happened after. South Carolina native Bobotis’s debut is sure to place her alongside established authors such as Fannie Flagg. Rich in detail, it will carry readers between past and present, presenting historical issues of race, class, and belonging.
VERDICT A mystery entangled in family secrets and racial tension, this tale will be enjoyed by fans of Southern fiction.

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