CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): “to humanize and bring understanding to the gracious blue-skinned people of Kentucky, to pay tribute to the fearsome Pack Horse Librarians, and to write a human story set in a unique landscape.”
FACTS: I learned a lot by reading this book. Methemoglobinemia is an extremely rare disease that causes skin to be blue. The disease was first discovered n a family in Kentucky. This historical novel traces one such family in the hills of Kentucky. These blue-skinned people were considered “colored” and bore the same discrimination waged against blacks in the 1930’s. The story also chronicles “Book Women” who traveled by horse, foot, and rowboat to deliver reading material and teach reading in the most remote areas of the state. The book is a fascinating read about little-known facts and customs.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. A wonderful story. I was sorry when it ended.