The Hatbox Letters

The Hatbox Letters

Book - 2004
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Kate, a 52-year-old widow struggling to come to terms with her solitary life in the rambling house she once shared with her husband and children in rural New Brunswick, discovers the tragic truth behind her grandparents' lives while reading some old letters.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2004
ISBN: 9780676976397
0676976395
Characteristics: 352 p

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jash2834
Mar 18, 2015

Is this available in large print

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 12, 2015

When Kate Harding, recently widowed, receives nine antique hatboxes—family letters, diaries and memorabilia - from Hartford, Connecticut, she finds herself drawn back to the childhood summers spent in her grandparents' house. Over the course of a year she immerses herself in the documents pertaining to her grandparents' courtship and early married life, and this journey back becomes the way forward for her. Open this novel for the secrets of a long ago world as well as for the author's incredible awareness of the natural world, and enjoy it.

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philiphome
Aug 22, 2012

This is indeed a slow paced book, but wonderfully so. It clearly conveys the grieving process and memoirs and memories of those living and dead intersect in life. it is filled with delightfully crafted phrases that resonate afterwards and a story that pulls the reader. I too plan to buy and reread in the future because the writer is that good.

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dgrace
Jan 21, 2012

Would have liked more on the old letters, less on the grieving process, but still a good read.

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brit4321
Nov 10, 2010

This is a beautifully written book about love and loss and finding oneself. It will also appeal to anyone who loves the Atlantic coast.
It's so good, I'm going to buy a copy and add it to my own library.

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