Kinfolk - Sean Dietrich



Sometimes it’s the most unlikely meetings that give us life’s greatest gifts.


1970s, Southern Alabama. Sixty-two-year-old Jeremiah Lewis Taylor, or “Nub,” has spent his whole life listening to those he’s loved telling him he’s no good—first his ex-wife, now his always-disapproving daughter. Sure, his escapades have made him, along with his cousin and perennial sidekick, Benny, just a smidge too familiar with small town law enforcement, but he’s never harmed anyone—except perhaps himself.

Nub never meant to change his ways, but when he and fifteen-year-old Waffle House waitress Minnie form an unlikely friendship, he realizes for the first time that there may be some good in him after all. Six-foot-five Minnie has been dealt a full deck of bad luck—her father is a convicted murderer serving a life sentence, her mother is dead and buried, and she has a Grand Ole Opry–worthy singing voice with no place to perform. Oh, and there’s the small fact that she’s unexpectedly pregnant, courtesy of a no-good high-school boy.

Gradually, Nub realizes the gift he’s been given: a second chance to make a difference.

Beloved Southern writer Sean Dietrich, also known as Sean of the South, once again brings people and places to life in this lyrical song-turned-story about found family, second chances, country music, and the poignant power of love and forgiveness.


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"Sean Dietrich is a master at creating Southern characters who are relatable in their brokenness, hope, and perseverance. Laugh-out-loud colloquialisms bring sincerity and realism to small-town life. Kinfolk spins both a heartbreaking and heartwarming tale about family, redemption, second chances, and the power of love that moves us all."

—Jennifer Moorman, bestselling author of The Baker’s Man

". . . a heartwarming and well-told tale with lyrical writing that’s as rich as my mother’s grits casserole. I’m left satisfied, uplifted, and perhaps a little homesick too."

—Boo Walker, bestselling author of A Spanish Sunrise

"I absolutely loved this delightful and heart-wrenching story chock full of both laughter and tears . . . Kinfolk is a novel about second chances, deep love, forgiveness, and the power of country music — all wrapped up in a lyrically told story."

—Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Once Upon a Wardrobe and The Secret Book of Flora Lea


Sean Dietrich - Harper Muse Author


Sean Dietrich is a columnist, podcaster, stand-up storyteller, and novelist known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, Good GritSouth magazine, and other publications, and he has authored fourteen books.

Follow Sean’s daily writing at or @seanofthesouth on Instagram.