Thursday, August 8, 2013
HATTIE AFTER EVER BY Kirby Larson. Delacorte, 2013.
It has been 7 years since we last saw Hattie (HATTIE BIG SKY) and the lovely thing about book characters is that time has not passed as quickly in Hattie's world. The year is 1919 and Hattie is working as a maid in a boarding house. When a troupe of actors stays for a few days, Hattie is enticed by the potential for adventure travel might hold. When the troupe reaches San Francisco, Hattie changes jobs and gets a position as a night maid at a newspaper office. Eventually, she works her way into the newsroom. Hattie understands how the real world can operate; she learns who to trust. The book ends hopefully with Hattie finding her real home and knowing it is not a place but perhaps a person. Larson's sense of place is strong here; it will help readers become immersed in the world of 1919 San Francisco, especially for young women.