Gold Medal in Southern Fiction – #fanfun

By Bette Lee Crosby / September 24, 2015

2013-gold

PASSING THROUGH PERFECT won the 2015 Reader’s Favorite Gold Medal for Southern Fiction!

Set in the aftermath of WW2, Passing through Perfect is the story of Benjamin Church, a Black sharecropper in the hardscrabble back roads of Alabama. It is a story rife with the injustices of the South and rich with the compassion of strangers.

Kirkus Reviews calls it “Well-written and engaging,” and suggests, “readers will welcome back characters from previous Wyattsville books.”

Midwest Book Review claims it is “Southern fiction at its best: spiritually infused, warm, and family-oriented – an atmosphere which permeates every chapter with descriptions firmly routed in family tradition and the South.”

Reader’s Favorite Review states “Crosby’s writing is fluid and careful never to slip into sentimentalism. Passing through Perfect is very nearly a perfect novel and, indeed, often exceeds that very exacting standard.”

Crosby, author of twelve novels and winner of over twenty literary awards including the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction, has carved out a unique niche in writing stories about older women facing real life challenges. Her protagonists are sassy, smart, and Southern. They deal with issues like unwanted children, loss of a spouse, and financial ruin. Readers identify with Crosby’s characters and have turned her books into a #1 Bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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