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[Review]Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

January 13, 2013

Hattie Ever After

Larson, Kirby.  Hattie Ever After.  240pp. Delacorte Press.  February 12, 2013.   9780385737463.  In this long awaited sequel to the award winning Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006) the story picks up Hattie after she lost her Montana homestead and arrives in San Francisco with hopes of making it as a newspaper reporter.  To pay the bills, she takes on several jobs to survive.  One of the jobs is as a cleaning lady at the San Francisco Chronicle.  This particular job gets to get her inside the building where she discovers the newspaper’s stock of back issues and began looking through them for news on her late Uncle Chester.  What she develops as she searches the back issues are all the skills one needs to perform basic research, which is definitely what a good reporter needs to be equipped with.  Hattie is not alone in the big city for long.  Charlie, a friend from her childhood, in back from the war and shows up.  He has taken a job in Seattle with the Boeing company and comes to the city for an air show and runs into Hattie.  Perilee, one of Hattie’s neighbors from Montana has also moved to Seattle and keeps up a busy letter exchange.  The story is a quick read and has left room for a possible third installment.

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