The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

Some bury their secrets close to home. Others scatter them to the wind and hope they land somewhere far away.Judith Kratt inherited all the Kratt family had to offer—the pie safe, the copper clock, the murder no one talks about. She knows it's high time to make an inventory of her household and its valuables, but she finds that cataloging the family belongings—as well as their misfortunes—won't contain her family's secrets, not when her way...

Details The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

TitleThe Last List of Miss Judith Kratt
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherSourcebooks Landmark
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, American, Southern

Reviews The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt

  • Beata
    Recently I have been lucky to read debut novels that turn out to be intriguing. The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt is definitely the novel that surprised me and kept me interested not merely for the mystery unravelled by Miss Kratt as she approaches the end of her long life. For one thing, I liked the narration which is classic-like, with reminiscences, and I liked Judith being an unreliable narrator. Besides, she knows a lot but keeps cards clos...
  • Peter
    AffirmationTo take a journey through a story enraptured by the characters and setting, to enjoy the slowly maturing and revealing threads of secrets which friends and family have held close, to witness the community dynamics across a spectrum of personalities, and to truly appreciate the slow transition towards equality between whites and blacks in society - that is the amazing experience awaiting the reader of this wonderful book.The Last List o...
  • Liz
    Told from the perspective of Miss Judith, this book has the stilted tone of a proper southern lady from the first half of the 20th century. Miss Judith, age 75 years, begins an inventory of her family possessions, which brings on a flight of memories, especially back to a fateful time in 1929. The return of her sister Rosemary after 60 years also threatens to expose a number of family secrets. It’s a beautifully written book. “She became a lo...
    This work of historical fiction takes place in South Carolina during a sixty-year period (encompassing the 1920s through 1980s). Without warning, the time period weaves back and forth as the story unfolds. At the book's beginning, Judith and Olva are relaxing in their sunroom, enjoying the warmth. There is a sense of old age, and a kind of quiet, loving relationship between these two elderly women. They share a long history together. Olva is thou...
  • Carolyn
    Miss Judith Kratt is 75 and has decided the time has come to take an inventory of her family's possessions. She lives alone with Olva, an old family maid, rattling around in the grand mansion built by her father Daddy Kratt and his money made from cotton in the South Carolina of the 1920s. In a time of segregation, lynchings, greed and corruption, Daddy Kratt ruled with an iron fist over most of the small town through his cotton empire and grand ...
  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars ”My father might have been frugal with his words, but he spared no expense for this grand house. Built from sand-yellow brick, it was like the sun itself, or so Daddy Kratt made it feel, with the whole of Bound orbiting around it.” Judith is in her mid-seventies as this begins, this story goes back and forth through time, alternating between the present year – 1989, and the past – 1929, in the small town of B...
  • Selena
    I received a free e-copy of The Last of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis from NetGalley for my honest review.Miss Judith Kratt, the narrator, is an elderly woman who knows her life is coming to an end. She decides she needs to inventory the many heirlooms in her home. As she does, each item triggers a memory of her past. The story's timeline is from the late 1920's to the late 1980's. Her family controlled the town of Bound, South Carolina. Ma...
  • Mackey
    Being born and raised in the southern part of the US, I came to love southern literature. It has a flow and charm to it, a rhythm that is unlike any other. When it is done well you can smell the gardenias and magnolias on every page and feel the grit from the dusty Delta roads. The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt is such a novel, one that envelops you and transports you to the hot, humid backroads of the deep south complete with its oppressive hea...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: I examined the postcard. Perhaps I thought slipping it in the draw would forestall its news. Or prevent Olva from seeing the connection between it and my new need for an inventory. More than anyone, she should understand the necessity of chronicling our family's history. It is prudent, after all, to keep a record of how one sees things, especially when others perceive matters so differently. On the desk is a letter opener made of cut gla...
  • Krista
    Rating: 4 dark, Southern starsAndra Bobotis’ debut novel firmly caught me in its web early on, and held me there despite my struggle to leave more than once. I found this piece of Southern Fiction told in dual timelines, set in 1929 and 1989, to be dark as Southern Fiction is often wont to be. Daddy Kratt, the patriarch of the Kratt family, was a pure villain who ruled the 1929 town of Bound, SC in his cruel tight fist. Judith Kratt was Daddy K...
  • Martie Nees Record
    My Rating: 4 out of 5Genre: Southern Literary Fiction/MysteryPublisher: Sourcebooks LandmarkPub. Date: July 9, 2019This novel has such a crisp Southern voice that the reader will be surprised that the book is a debut novel. The author, Andrea Bobotis, is no stranger to good writing. 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 Jo...
  • Ankit Garg
    The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis follows this extraordinary idea wherein the protagonist tries to make a list of family heirlooms, and in the process, reveals a story connecting those things and the lives of the characters in general. The story ends up touching a few delicate topics, including family relationships, racism, survival of the fittest, et al.The book is a crisp read. Although detailed, the author reveals just enoug...
  • Gemma
    This is a tough review for me to write. I'm very torn over this book.I originally started it and couldn't get into it , I put it down for nearly a month before trying again. Once I reached around 30% an undercurrent pulled me in, ripples began to show on the surface and I felt dramas and secrets were about to break through. I was gripped , for a time. The dramas unfolded very slowly.I wasn't invested in the characters, I wasn't rooting for any on...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    "Memory and history are bound up with one another. Where does one end and the other begin?" *Miss Judith Kratt has spent her entire seventy five years in the small town of Bound, South Carolina.  She lives in her childhood home which was once a grand symbol of Bound's strong economy, owed largely to her father who owned the cotton gins and the general store.  Her childhood friend Olva, who was abandoned as a baby on her aunt's doorstep, lives w...
  • Davida Chazan
    I am trilled to give you the link to my #bookreview of this debut novel. This is a real winner and I hope that you'll take a look at this to find out why I'm giving it 5/5 stars, without any reservations!
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    You know what, yes, I'm giving this a 5-star rating. I was immediately drawn into the story, the writing is wonderful to read - very descriptive and lyrical. An excellent debut that made for a wonderful start to my summer reading (my first completed for #20BooksofSummer). Some paths, details of the story may be easy to predict, but it was the how and the beautiful and descriptive writing and Judith's story that made this an extremely enjoyable re...
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    I wonder what made our house a home for me. Was it my family?Or was it the things in their proper places? Oh how I love southern fiction, especially when it falls in the historical side. My other favourite genre is mysteries and this wonderful novel had both. I couldn't wait to dive in, and dive in I did. I read the whole thing in one sitting and I wasn't disappointed!The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt is a novel about ordinary people, living or...
  • Marianne
    “Fair to middlin’. The phrase called up a memory for me, too. Of Grandfather DeLour, Mama’s father. ‘You are only fair to middlin’,’ he had once told me solemnly as I played with my dolls on the front porch steps. ‘But your sister, she’s the finest grade there is.’ Everything in Grandfather DeLour’s life, no matter how disparate— his grandchildren, the taste of his pipe tobacco, the fitness of his horse— he assessed in the...
  • Tammy
    4.5 ☆ I love a great Southern family drama. As luck would have it this is the authors first novel so of course I knew I had to read it. Two timelines with love, family, coming-of-age, adultery, racial tensions, lies, murder and cover-ups.It’s 1989, Judith Kratt’s now seventy-five. Judith’s family had passed down priceless family heirlooms that she begins taking an inventory of. In doing so it brings back long buried memories, some very sp...
  • Donna Davis
    “We will choose what we take with us.”This thunderous debut by Andrea Bobotis bears a small resemblance to the work of Elizabeth Strout and the late Harper Lee. Issues of race and menacing family secrets simmer beneath the surface of this narrative like some otherworldly being biding its time in the swamp, till at last it rises and we must look at it. As the story commences, Judith, who is quite elderly, is ready to take inventory. Her family...
  • Sharon Huether
    A story in true Southern style.The Kratt family were well respected in Bound, South Carolina, where the father "Daddy Kratt" was a big cotton farmer and General store owner.The children, Judith the oldest, Quincy, the middle boy and Rosemarie the youngest.There were secrets,service and memories, which Judith began her lists of the material items found in the house.A very captivating story of race,loyalty, love and unforgettable events.This is the...
  • Lee
    The setting is in Bound, South Carolina during the harsh time period in the 1920’s. This was a disturbing book to read, but an important probe of family secrets, bigotry, and callous feelings and opinions. I love the way the author used the list of items in Judith's inventory to tell a heartrending story that influenced people's lives many years later. The characters are likable, interesting and kind, except for the father who is hateful and me...
  • Tammy
    Andrea Bobotis's debut novel is a beautifully written story of racism and dark family secrets. Fans of southern fiction and Fannie Flagg will enjoy The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt.
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from for a review. Judith Kratt inherited all the Kratt family had to offer and she knows it's time to make an inventory of her household and its valuables. Moving back and forth from 1929 to 1989, Judith pieces together the influence of her family on their small South Carolina cotton town.A slow burning tale, almost familiar, told in a traditional kind of southern style. Good story, well written.3☆
  • Karen
    “Memory and history are bound up with one another. Where does one end and the other begin?”Judith Kratt was born into wealth and privilege in the small Southern town of Bound. She is first introduced as an older woman living in her family’s crumbling 1922 home which once was the envy of her community. 67 years have passed and Judith is in the midst of a mundane task, inventorying the home’s contents and contending with the sudden appearan...
  • Giulia
    This book was fantastic. I will read anything else written by the author, Andrea Bobotis. This book is not one you can rush through it needs to be soaked into your bones. Racially charged times of the 1920's in the South are the setting for the book and the Miss Judith in the title is the narrator of the story. She tells us about how her brother came to be shot over 50 years earlier. The other characters of Olva and Rosemarie and Quincy and the f...
  • Adele Shea
    This book tells us of the life of Judith Kratt who grew up in a wealthy setting. This wealth did not bring happiness to Judith or her family or the people of Bound.So many secrets were to be had by all. Illegitimate children born. Relationships secret relationships between black and white. Blackmail and murder. This book is told in the past and present of Judith Kratt and is one to be read by all.
  • Debi Hawkes
    "It is an illusion to think siblinghood is immutable; it has cycles just like everything else."Lovely book, finely crafted. The author, Andrea Bobotis deftly uses Judith's list of family heirlooms to demonstrate the cycles of memory, family relations and complications, the experiences of the era, and the experience of life itself.Definitely recommend.Thank you NetGalley and Sourcebooks for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
  • Theresa Smith
    The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt opens with a newspaper clipping:“Murder Stuns Distinguished FamilyQuincy Kratt, age 14, sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his person in the early hours of Friday, December 20. Young Mr. Kratt was a scion of the cotton industry in Bound, South Carolina. His father, the influential businessman Brayburn Kratt, is one of our local captains of that industry. The principal suspect in the shooting is a negro called ...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘Aren’t memories a little like furniture of the mind?’The fictional town of Bound, South Carolina is the setting for this thoughtful novel. Miss Judith Kratt, now aged in her seventies, lives in in her family home. Olva, her companion, hovers on the border between family and servant. The Kratts were once the most powerful family in town, but now there’s only Judith. Her parents and brother are long dead, and her younger sister Rosemarie l...