LEXINGTON, Ky., May 12, 2022—Shadelandhouse Modern Press is honored to announce that Shadows Hold Their Breath, a new novel by Kentucky author Sherry Robinson, has received a prestigious, starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Shadows Hold Their Breath, described by Kirkus Reviews as “[a]n impressive and thoughtful exploration of the mistakes good people make,” is Robinson’s third novel and is scheduled to be published on July 19, 2022.  You may read the full Kirkus Review here.

The Shadows Hold Their Breath book launch will be held at Purdy’s Coffee, 212 West Main Street (upstairs), Richmond, Kentucky, on July 23, 2022, from 3–4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Shadows Hold Their Breath is now available for preorder from Shadelandhouse Modern Press,

Fiction | Women, Literary, General
ISBN: 978-1-945049-28-6
Paperback: 272 pages, $23.95
Publication date: July 19, 2022
Publisher: Shadelandhouse Modern Press

Shadows Hold Their Breath

Cover art by Annelisa Hermosilla


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About Kirkus Reviews and the Kirkus Star

According to information on the Kirkus Reviews website:

“Founded in 1933, Kirkus has been one of the most trusted and authoritative voices in book discovery. When Kirkus Reviews was established by Virginia Kirkus, it was an innovation in the publishing field.”

“On average, Kirkus’ editors award the Kirkus Star to 10% of all the books they assign for review [approximately 8,000 to 10,000 books are reviewed each year]. Their decisions are based on their long-running, deep knowledge of contemporary trends in publishing and their appreciation for exceptional writing and illustration.”

“One of the most coveted designations in the book industry, the Kirkus Star marks books of exceptional merit.”

Author photo: Michelle Giles Morgan

Sherry Robinson, an award-winning American fiction writer, is the author of two previous novels, Blessed (2019) and My Secrets Cry Aloud (2009), the latter of which will be reissued in 2022 under the new title Echo Her Lovely Bones. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Kentucky and an MA and MFA from Eastern Kentucky University. Robinson is a native of Lexington, Kentucky. She recently retired as vice provost and professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University, where she spent thirteen years specializing in American literature before moving into administrative positions. For more information, visit and follow her on Facebook.

Shadelandhouse Modern Press, LLC is a Lexington, Kentucky–based, women-owned and family-operated traditional independent book publishing company committed to the advancement of established and emerging writers, excellence in publishing, and the production of high-quality, entertaining, and artistic books. We believe that adults and children should have access to authentic and relevant stories that reflect diverse backgrounds, interests, and cultures. We publish authentic and compelling books for adults and young readers, including nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. The press, founded by Virginia H. Underwood, debuted with two award-winning legal nonfiction (history and true crime) books and has since published award-winning fiction, poetry, and children’s books. Shadelandhouse Modern Press is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and an associate member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Poetry Society of America. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.