The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt: A Novel by Andrea Bobotis

Book Summary

 

Some bury their secrets close to home. Others scatter them to the wind and hope they land somewhere far away.

Judith inherited all the Kratt family had to offer—the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder that no one talked about. She’s presided over the house quite well, thank you very much, admittedly with some help from her companion, Olva. 

But her wayward younger sister suddenly returns home after decades, sparking an inventory of all that belongs to them. Set in the hard-luck cotton town of Bound, South Carolina—which the Kratts used to rule but which now struggles to contain its worst instincts—the new household overflows with memories. 

Interweaving the present with chilling flashbacks from one fateful evening in 1929, Judith pieces together a list of what matters. Untangling the legacy of the family misfortunes will require help from every one of them, no matter how tight their bond, how long they’ve called Bound home, or what they own.

 

Media Reviews

“[A] thoughtful and quintessentially Southern debut… The well-told tale unfolds like a magnolia, slowly revealing a languid beauty. Mystery fans will also be satisfied.” – Publishers Weekly 

“Told in Judith’s delicately snarky voice, the atmospheric narrative will keep you in both tears and stitches.” – Shelf Awareness, Galley Love of the Week (GLOW) 

“Andrea Bobotis is a new, original voice as Southern as they come! In The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, she unravels a complicated web of dirty Southern secrets. Using masterful writing and a perfectly calculated reveal of damaged history, she ends up weaving a tapestry that is so much more.” – Leah Weiss, bestselling author of If the Creek Don’t Rise

“Capturing the unique, singular voice of a once-genteel South that hid its deadly secrets and brutal crimes behind facades of grand houses, Andrea Bobotis gently leads you down a garden path of one family’s shameful story only to leave you gasping at its devastating, inevitable destination. If William Faulkner were still alive, I’m pretty sure he’d wish he had written this book.” – Emily Carpenter, author of Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

“The droll voice of Andrea Bobotis’s heroine, Judith Kratt, might charm you but don’t be fooled into thinking this is simply one woman’s trip down memory lane. The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt is a multilayered story about family, race, loss, and loyalty, featuring a complex cast of characters led by a woman who learns it’s never too late for growth and change.” – Cynthia Swanson, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookseller and The Glass Forest

Andrea Bobotis

Andrea Bobotis is the author of the debut novel The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, forthcoming from Sourcebooks in July 2019. A native of South Carolina, she holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Virginia. Her fiction has received awards from the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and her essays on Irish writers have appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies and the Irish University Review. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado, where she teaches creative writing to youth at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. 

Visit her at andreabobotis.com

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