The Hatbox Letters: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 21, 2006 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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.

 

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

I just finished this book and it's one of those that will be resonating through my brain for a long time. So I'm not sure I can do justice to it but I'll try. Kate's husband, Tom, died of a heart ... Read full review

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User Review  - ParadisePorch - LibraryThing

Because Powning is “almost local” I read this when it was first published in 2004. I was disappointed on that first reading, expecting the letters of the title (letters her grandparents wrote to each ... Read full review

Contents

PART TWO
51
PART THREE
115
PART FOUR
253
PART FIVE
323
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Beth Powning is the author of Home: Chronicle of a North Country Life, and Shadow Child: An Apprenticeship in Love and Loss. Born in Connecticut, she now lives in Sussex, New Brunswick.

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