The Hatbox Letters

The Hatbox Letters

A Novel

Book - 2005
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A luminescent debut novel following one woman's journey through love, loss, grief, and renewal

In her rambling Victorian house, surrounded by heirloom gardens and the gentle sounds of a river, fifty-two-year-old Kate Harding faces her second winter since the untimely death of her husband. In her living room are several hatboxes filled with letters recently brought by her sister from the attic of their grandparents' eighteenth-century Connecticut house. Kate remembers the sense of permanence and refuge that she felt in her grandparents' apple-scented world, as well as, more recently, with her husband. As she begins to read the hatbox letters, she discovers that what to a child seemed a serene and blissful marriage was in fact founded on a tragic event. As Kate's eyes clear to the truth of the past, a new tragedy unfolds, and her own house, filled with the shared detritus of marriage and motherhood, becomes the refuge where Kate can connect the strands of her unraveled life.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312340223
Branch Call Number: FICTION Powning Beth 2004
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,22 cm.


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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.

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.

Jan 21, 2012

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

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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