About Kimberly Conn

Born in Mississippi and raised in a suburb of Washington, D.C., Kimberly Conn graduated from Virginia Tech and taught elementary school in Florida and Northern Virginia. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband and two sons. Her first novel, Buying the Farm, is available now.

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"Tender characters and exciting plots twists create an enjoyable romp through one girl's newfound Southern roots."  

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issi Jennings has no famiy, with the exception of her cold, critical mother, who makes her feel like a perpetual disappointment. She muddles through life in Washington, D.C. despondent, yet unmotivated to do anything about it. When a horrific accident on a downtown street leaves her shaken, numb, and wealthy beyond her wildest imagination, it also becomes the catalyst for unthinkable change, launching her on a journey to a plave completely foreign to her . . . rural Mississippi. This cynical, solitary woman must confront a lifetime of lies created by the woman she always knew to be her mother and contend with a large, loud extended family she never knew existed. Missi's fortitude is tested by strange new surroundings and an angry, bitter grandfather, but it is a child-like woman with Down syndrome, with whom Missi shares an unbreakable bond, that will change her the most.

Ain’t this the life?” she asks. I consider this for a minute — working at a gas station in the middle-of-nowhere Mississippi, suffering hot flashes bad enough you have to practically refrigerate yourself, and taking solace in a blow-up pool with a complete stranger. Then I look at Dolly and the expression on her face. I am not sure I have ever seen a person look so content in my entire life.

Yes, it is,” I tell her. And I mean it.