"Not many novelists have the courage to place today's political maelstrom into the center of the lives of her characters, but Kathleen Rodgers has done just that in The Flying Cutterbucks. When the history of this time is written, Rodgers will be one of those novelists who wasn't afraid to talk about what the late 2010s was really like. She tells her story with warmth, compassion, and a clear vision that satisfies John Gardner's call for today's writers to write 'moral fiction. – Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
"A rousing, timely novel of hope and solidarity among women in a family wounded by the tragedy of war and the trauma of sexual assault. Their resilience gives testament to the power of forgiveness, and the heroism among sisters." – Kathleen Kent, New York Times bestselling author
"When national politics triggers a buried family secret, the Cutterbuck women do what they do best, persevere. Their story is the story of a resilient American family, fragile in its unmitigated loss, triumphant in the ties that bind. With a page-turning narrative and an authentic sense of place, The Flying Cutterbucks will make you laugh and cry, while never forgetting the voices of Jewel, Aunt Star, Trudy, and Georgia."
–Johnnie Bernhard, author of Sisters of the Undertow
Whenever a writer with such skill and sensitivity as Kathleen Rodgers publishes a novel, we must, for our own sake, read it. The Flying Cutterbucks is a profound and moving portrait of family, friendship, and forgiveness.
-Allen Mendenhall, Editor, Southern Literary Review
The Flying Cutterbucks is a powerful story of women returning from the dead (in a manner of speaking) to finally recover not just from assault and secrets, but from the lasting patterns, habits, and the alienation that stemmed from it. It will immerse readers in a world of discovery, recovery, and revised family lives, and is highly recommended for readers seeking an evocative, compelling story of family relationships and change.
— MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Narrated by voice talent, F Michelle Williams, based in New Mexico where the novel is set.
Debut novel, The Final Salute, featured in Military Times
“Johnnie Come Lately evokes the pathos of family life—secrets, betrayals, misunderstandings, heartbreak, and just enough love and forgiveness to make it all worth it. Kathleen M. Rodgers treats her haunted characters with keen insight and empathy, offering them the second, third, fourth chances that all of us flawed human beings need.”
Siobhan Fallon, author of You Know When the Men Are Gone and The Confusion of Languages
“The Kitchen family could be any wholesome All-American family, and like any family, they have secrets. In Johnnie Come Lately, Kathleen Rodgers brings to life an extended family that could be yours or mine. Their secrets will draw you into this book, and Rodgers' characters -- from Johnnie Kitchen to her lovable chocolate lab, Brother Dog -- will jump off the page, grab your heart, and won’t let it go until the very end.”
Terri Barnes, author of Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life and a former columnist for Stars and Stripes
The audio edition of Johnnie Come Lately is narrated by Grammy® Award-winning vocalist and Broadway actress Leslie Ellis.
“Seven Wings to Glory humorously captures the gamut of emotions common to military families dealing with deployments, homecomings, and the struggle to make everyday living as routine as their civilian counterparts. Kathleen M. Rodgers, herself a military wife and mom, expertly characterizes the soaring pride and gripping fear of life in the military. Set against a backdrop of racial discord, Seven Wings to Glory will make its mark on readers, ensuring they never forget that as long as one of us is denied freedom there can be no true freedom for the rest of us.”
—Karen Spears Zacharias, Gold Star daughter and author of After the Flag Has Been Folded: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War. She's also penned several other books, including the novels Mother of Rain, Burdy, and Christian Bend.
“I adore the flawed, imperfect, deeply loving, and tough-as-nails Kitchen family: I would read a hundred books about them, and I will read anything Kathleen M. Rodgers writes.”
—Andria Williams, author of The Longest Night and founder of Military Spouse Book Review