Andrea Bobotis's atmospheric debut novel, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, follows a spinster sister as she untangles the dark legacy of her family's possessions in a hard-luck South Carolina cotton town. Recalling the Southern lyricism, tragic family secrets, and suspenseful storytelling of the novels of Amy Greene, Wiley Cash, and M. O. Walsh, The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt is forthcoming from Sourcebooks on July 9, 2019.
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Andrea is the Faculty Spotlight on Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s blog. Check out the Q&A to learn how The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt was inspired by Andrea’s family history, plus how the West informed Andrea’s very Southern novel.
“Andrea Bobotis has written an amazing novel, one which interrogates, with such controlled and beautiful writing, what it means to be Southern. Utilizing a unique form and a carefully-crafted mystery, Bobotis is a writer capable of deep truths, and this novel announces her as a major voice.”
—Kevin Wilson, author The Family Fang, Perfect Little World, and Baby, You're Gonna Be Mine
“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, 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 and Every Single Secret
“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
“As the keeper of the family treasures and the family secrets, Miss Judith Kratt is a Southern eccentric in the tradition of Faulkner’s Miss Emily. But Miss Judith does not wallow in the past or embrace the dead. Instead, she works to protect the living. The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt is a universal and timely story that exposes the dangers of nostalgia and the value of assessing both things and people in a clear-eyed, honest way. It’s a thoroughly captivating story and it’s beautifully told.”
—Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers and The Past is Never