Fifty States Of Fiction: Kentucky


We can’t always travel to the places on our bucket list. But we can go there with books! I started the Fifty States Of Fiction challenge with the aim of reading one book from every state in the country. Each week in 2017 I’ll be here to talk about a different state, share with you some geographical fun facts, and explore how a novel, play, or personal narrative captures the essence of the area. Want to follow along? Check out this free printable calendar I’ve created just for you! Let’s get started!


Today’s State: Kentucky

Nickname: Bluegrass State

Motto: “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”

Bird: Cardinal

Flower: Goldenrod

Entered the union in: 1792

Now, pack your bags everybody. We’re about to explore Kentucky as Alecia Whitaker portrays it in The Queen Of Kentucky.


Starting high school is hard. Starting high school as the new student is enough to make even the toughest girls tremble. Having attended a private Catholic school for the past eight years, Ericka is thrilled to be joining the rest of her small town population at Preston County High School for their freshman year. She quickly makes friends with a group of popular girls, sharing laughs and accepting an invitation to Mackenzie’s birthday sleepover. From the moment Ericka arrives, she can tell the McMansion is impressive. Chesswood Manor is a towering structure straight out of Gone With The Wind with a tree-lined driveway and massive formal rooms. Even though she is awestruck by the estate’s beauty, Ericka likes her family’s farm home just fine. The land around her own farmhouse is all bluegrass hayfields and rolling green hills studded with cattle and sun-tanned farmers. There’s a barn outback where her father used to store his tobacco harvest and the heavy smell still hangs in the warm September air. At the edge of her family’s property cattail reeds grow beside a sparkling pond. When she can, Ericka meets up with Luke at the creek that divides their houses. They like to talk, but sometimes they just share an old blanket and lounge in the soft green grass, listening as the water falls over river rocks and the gentle breeze shakes the shady maple tree leaves above their heads. It’s nice to take a break from tobacco farming, homecoming dances, and the drama of freshman year in Breckinridge, Kentucky and just relax with her best friend.

Have you read any other books set in Kentucky? Have you traveled there yourself? Make sure to let me know what the Bluegrass State means to you in the comments! Check back here next week to explore Louisiana through literature.

And remember, if you want to keep up with our schedule as we travel the country, you can download my free printable calendar.

See you all next week!


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