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It Was the Goodness of the Place
by Lucinda Sullivan

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 6:30/5:30 am CT and 11:30/10:30 pm on KET2

Kentucky native Lucinda Dixon Sullivan's first novel unfolds during the late '40s and early '50s in the little town of Milan in the Knobs region of Kentucky. Tobacco is king in Milan, and tobacco's anointed prince is Gabe Phillips, the successful owner of the town's first tobacco depot. But Gabe's flaws—as outsized as his talents—threaten to destroy everything he's created.

Raised by the town drunk and shunned by respectable citizens, Gabe has fought his way to the top of Milan's economic order. But his infidelity and anger have driven off his wife, and his extramarital affair has ended in a suspicious death. Now Gabe is trying to salvage the wreckage of his personal life by using intelligence, charm, and sheer force of personality to woo back his family.

Told from the vantage points of several characters, It Was the Goodness of the Place weaves a compelling story of tragedy and redemption in a richly realized Kentucky landscape. In the end, the novel becomes a celebration of love and of a long-vanished way of life.

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