Hannah's Voice

Hannah's Voice

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by Robb Grindstaff
     
 

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Evolved Publishing presents "Hannah's Voice" by Robb Grindstaff. In his debut novel, Grindstaff captures the heartwarming and unique voice first of six-year-old Hannah, and later of the teenage Hannah, in a story sure to bring a smile to your face, and occasionally a tear. LITERARY FICTION

When six-year-old Hannah's brutal honesty is mistaken for lying, she stops

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Evolved Publishing presents "Hannah's Voice" by Robb Grindstaff. In his debut novel, Grindstaff captures the heartwarming and unique voice first of six-year-old Hannah, and later of the teenage Hannah, in a story sure to bring a smile to your face, and occasionally a tear. LITERARY FICTION

When six-year-old Hannah's brutal honesty is mistaken for lying, she stops speaking. Her family, her community, and eventually, the entire nation struggle to find meaning in her silence.

School officials suspect abuse. Church members are divided-either she has a message from God or is possessed by a demon. Social workers interrupt an exorcism to wrest Hannah away from her momma, who has a tenuous grip on sanity.
Hidden in protective foster care for twelve years, she loses all contact with her mother and remains mute by choice.

When Hannah leaves foster care at age eighteen to search for Momma, a national debate rages over her silence.

A religious movement awaits her prophecy and celebrates her return. An anarchist group, Voices for the Voiceless, cites Hannah as its inspiration. The nation comes unhinged, and the conflict spills into the streets when presidential candidates chime in with their opinions on Hannah-patriotic visionary or dangerous radical. A remnant still believes she is evil and seeks to dispatch her from this world.

Hannah stands at the intersection of anarchists and fundamentalists, between power politics and an FBI investigation. All she wants is to find her momma, a little peace and quiet, and maybe some pancakes.

One word would put an end to the chaos... if only Hannah can find her voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622532414
Publisher:
Evolved Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
310,402
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

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Hannah's Voice 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite “Hannah's Voice” by Robb Grindstaff is the story of Hannah, who decided to stop speaking when she was six years old. Her mother always asked her the same questions again and again. Other people did the same and Hannah thought she might as well stop talking if no one believed her when she said something the first time anyway. The problem is that one group of people think Hannah stopped speaking because the devil possessed her and another group believe that she had a vision of God and was so overwhelmed by the message she received that she would only be able to speak again once she was ready to pass the message on to the rest of the world. Hannah gets taken away from her mother and lives in various places in the following years – from foster homes to the home of a sheriff's family. And every time, the two groups seem to be right behind her. One group wants her dead and the other group sees her as their salvation. All Hannah would have to do is talk again. The beginning of “Hannah's Voice” by Robb Grindstaff already gives away that Hannah will speak again and unfortunately also act as a little spoiler because once a certain situation comes up in the book, you know what will happen. Spoiler aside, the book was very nice to read and you couldn't help but wonder about the actions of the different people in the book and whether Hannah would one day be reunited with her mother. In the book we follow Hannah's development from a six year old child to a teenager and depending on your own character, you might either like or dislike the kind of person she turns out to be. Robb Grindstaff manages to give each character's unique features and motives. It was also very interesting to read the interview with the author at the end of the book and also the questions that can be used for book clubs.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I think it is safe to say that this will be unlike any story you have ever read, and this poignant, intriguing story will probably stick with you quite some time after you finish it. It is haunting, thought-provoking, and probably contains more truth about the state of our country and world than we would like to admit. Let me put out one warning. There is some profanity--some of it rather "hardcore." Let me be honest here. The author used a lot of the profanity in such humorous ways that sometimes I was not even offended. There were other times that I was offended, but it pointed out hypocrisy within the various characters. I will admit that I could have done without some of it, but I was able to tolerate it. I was so completely drawn into this story from the beginning, and the author certainly kept me guessing about various details from time to time within the story. And he thankfully tied up the loose ends by the end of the book--very much appreciated! This is a fairly quick read, but it packs a pretty powerful punch.  Speaking from a Christian perspective, I was not offended at the portrayal of Christians within this book. So many "Christian" people are church-going hypocrites who put down people and live "like the devil." I was quite amused at the depictions of these people and genuine impressed by the pastor and other genuine people in the church at the beginning of the story. It is never preachy, but you will find much truth in this book. I definitely recommend this book to the vast majority of my reraders. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
TamraR More than 1 year ago
I found out about this book when I was lucky enough to sit next to the author on a plane.  I bought it as soon as it was available and was not disappointed.  I wanted to like it initially because I had met Robb, but I would have loved it anyway.  It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me think, especially about how the smallest things can be interpreted so many different ways.  Great read!
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Reads_to_dogs More than 1 year ago
Hannah's Voice is a remarkable book about a young girl as she grows up and ultimately gets her voice. The reader hears Hannah all through the story, but still much remains a mystery. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a strange tale of a girl who gets so frustrated with people who project their own motives and perceptions onto her words that she stops talking. Weirdly enough, she becomes the cult idol of radical religious groups and extreme liberal groups by saying and doing nothing. I laughed out loud at some of the crazy characters and nutty confrontations. With all that, many characters are presented sympathetically with their own rounded stories. The book would be appealing for people 17 to 90 if they have even the slightest political awareness. The story is not religious or political but pokes fun at the zealots of all extreme groups. This novel would be fun for a book club. I would look forward to reading other books by Robb Grindstaff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book! Loved it and recommend it to just about anyone. Hannah tells her story from a 6 year old mind. Anyone who loves children will be able to relate to little Hannah.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I have been mulling this review over in my head for days: every day I have a new approach, a new thought about the story, or a new idea that is the best thing ever about this story. There are so many things to adore about this story, which makes it more difficult to not miss an element.  I should start by saying that this book will call to you if you put it down, it demands that you continue on the journey with Hannah, and doesn’t allow you to savor it slowly.  Were it not so beautifully written with a style that shows Robb Grindstaff as a wonderful storyteller, this would be a simple book to review.  So unlike any other book I have read, yet so comfortable in its difference, it is safe for me to say that this is another of my favorite reads of the year.  Hannah is different from the other children in her community: with a father who lost a long battle with cancer and a mother who’s ability to cope with the world was tenuous at best, this child grew up far too fast.  She was a clever and artistic child, not comfortable with the company of other children, preferring to draw and take care of her mother to being singled out at school for her skills.  Like all children, Hannah has a singular thread of reasoning: if adults won’t believe me when I tell the truth, for she always did, and their reactions cause trouble when I speak: then speaking is something I should not do to not be ‘trouble’.   As her silence becomes more noticeable, the community becomes alarmed, and the more fundamentalist members of the church start to take action.  Hannah is always silent but never without her own thoughts and opinions, her confusion, anger and sense of unjustly being used by those who should have known better: from the self-proclaimed Christian community, to the media to an “occupy wall street” type group founded by a trust-fund baby in an obvious in-your-face to her parents.  The notoriety does little but bring danger to Hannah’s door:  fearful people are dangerous people, fearful fanatics are deadly.   What sits at the core of this story is Hannah’s commitment to truth: and we see all of the variations and manipulations that are used to spin a belief into the “truth” that all should see from the other characters she encounters. Mixing religion, media and politics in a manner that feels very now and far-reaching , yet is wholly specific to the story of Hannah, Grindstaff has penned a novel that works on several levels to expose the fallacies in the “true story” and the way that belief is manipulated and influenced by belief, dogma and even a need for power.   There are no extras added to this story: each phase of Hannah’s life is solidly voiced and appropriate for her age, showing small changes in perspective without losing the core of the child we first met.  There is nothing added for effect: this is a beautiful story that will stir emotions and thoughts as you read, and will stay with you long after the last page.  I purchased a copy of this title for my own personal library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.  
Jude39 More than 1 year ago
This book turned out to be a fascinating story. I won't say too much or I might ruin the ending - but you won't be sorry to devote your time to reading this book.
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anaamelia More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking, powerful message I don't know where to begin. I told the author (who I have the privilege of knowing "virtually", and who by the way DID NOT request or require a review of this book, which I bought for my reading pleasure) that I had no words. I was speechless, a GOOD speechless, though not like Hannah -- more like because of Hannah. Hers is the most powerful wordless message. Robb manages to convey his main character, Hannah, as amazingly real -- even though she is at the beginning a 6-year-old girl, then we follow her as she grows to be a young adult. Communicating with no dialog, Robb nevertheless masters the inner feelings and thoughts of the protagonist, to the point that one thinks one is inside her head. The book touches on religion, politics, media, psychological traits, and pure human emotions and traits. It is incredibly complex, yet a smooth, flowing read. A diversity of characters, with distinct personalities and actions, add to the complexity and thought-provoking context. "Hannah's Voice" is a treat for any reader, but particularly if you are interested in social and psychological issues, as well as politics, government systems, and church ideologies. So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get your copy. I guarantee when you're done you'll be sitting, mute in Hannah-esque fashion, and reflecting on all that has so far shaped your world.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
WOW!! This is an extremely touching story! I loved it! Review 6****** I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. Hannah is a wonderful character. She is a precocious six year old when the story begins, but picks up again 12 years later. This is a fantastic story that had me on a roller coaster ride of emotion! I struggled to put this book down, as I was completely hooked with Hannah's tale. Hannah as a 6 year old is sweet and curious. However, due to an event where the truth is seen as lies, Hannah decides to stop speaking. I can understand why she did what she did, but I honestly don't know how she kept from speaking for so long! Twelve years is a long time not to utter a single sound. I struggle not to talk for 5 minutes, even if it's to myself! Selective muteness is usually due to trauma, but there are those who consciously decide not to talk; Hannah is one such person. This story has a few scenes that had me in tears, so be prepared with a tissue! There is an element of religion, but it is in context and is not preachy. The older Hannah has matured into a wonderful woman, who knows what she wants - to find her Momma. Oh, and to eat some pancakes! Robb Grindstaff has written an amazing debut novel! To say this is his first novel, it certainly doesn't feel like it! The story flowed beautifully, and the pace of it never left me feeling bored. I would certainly read the next book written by this author. I highly recommend this book to everyone! - Lynn Worton
mattidw More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book.  Once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.  I truly felt bad for the girl and all that she had to go through.  If I had been her I would have stopped talking as well because it didn’t matter what she said or did people were twisting what she said and did.  I loved the ending and I also loved the person that she turned into even though she had it so rough growing up.  She is a person that I could really believe was a living person in today’s society.
MarkedByBooks More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely incredible. Probably the best part about it was how perfectly the author captured Hannah's thoughts at each point in her life: six, sixteen, and eighteen years old. Each age felt so authentic, but still distinctly Hannah the whole way through. While I liked the later parts of the book the best, I have the say that the thoughts of an inquisitive six year old girl were much more entertaining. Just the things that Hannah noticed and came up with on her own were amazing, but everything still always sounded like it was coming from a young child. It was really interesting to try to see the world through her eyes. Everything made absolute sense, but I kept thinking to myself, "Huh, I'd never thought of it that way before." When I first starting reading, I was a little nervous considering how it began. Usually, when books start with the "big reveal" in a prologue on the very first page, it doesn't leave the reader much to look forward to. This book, however, is the very epitome of the journey being more important than the destination. After getting all the way through the book, I can completely understand why the author chose to do it that way. Had he not given the readers a little sneak peak, it might have seemed anticlimactic and ridiculous instead of very fitting. But he doesn't just end it there, in what would seem like a nice place to tie things up. Had this novel been just about the fact that Hannah wasn't talking anymore, it just might have been. It wasn't; that was what the entire world was focused on, everyone excerpt for Hannah, that is. To her, it wasn't about some life changing message she had to pass on to everyone around her; it was about getting back to her life, and opening her mouth wasn't going to change that. So the story continued, at least for a little while. Those final few chapters were my favorite because things were finally starting to look up for Hannah. I really liked how the issue with her mother was handled because it explained her behavior so well, without making me dislike her for how she had acted when Hannah was a child. The final page was the best, though. Some part of me keeps saying that it may have been a little cheesy, and that part is probably right. It doesn't really matter, however, because cheesy or not, it was exactly what the novel needed. Hannah's entire journey had been epic, and as I saw that the book was coming to a close, I was wondering how on Earth something like that could be wrapped up well. Somehow, the author managed to pull it off, and I can't possibly imagine a better way for him to have done it. Out of all of this, the thing that amazed me the most was how willingly people are able to distort the simplest of things into some crazy idea that they just couldn't let go. It's like they see something that may in some way support what they're saying, and then suddenly they're making excuses for it and twisting it into their own image to make it fit. They want to believe something so badly that they'll take the most easily explained of circumstances and make it the most complicated thing out there just to prove a point that doesn't really exist. Suddenly a little girl's silence speaks volumes louder than any words ever could, yet it never seem to be saying the same thing to anyone. Taylor
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
Things have been going from bad to worse for six-year old Hannah. Her father passed away and her mother's actions are getting stranger. Their church is made up of some serious religious fanatics, and when half the church decides Hannah is demon-possessed and the other half believes she had a vision, all hell breaks loose. Hannah retreats behind a wall of silence until she's unsure if she can't speak, or won't. The officials step in and place Hannah in the foster care system, where she remains for twelve years. Meanwhile, fundamentalists on both sides continue to use her as a poster child for their political cause. All it would take to end the chaos is for Hannah to find her voice. There are books that are interesting, and then there are books that you just can't put down. This is one of those books. This story will follow the reader long after they have closed the book for the last time. The political aspect, along with the religious aspect, combines with the subject of the foster care system to create a timely novel. Not to imply that it is serious from beginning to end; there are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. Having been raised in the South, I've known people like Mrs. Buchanan and the Stovers. Fortunately, I've also known people like Brother Ronnie and Sheriff Dunleavy and his wife. As the author points out in the interview at the end of the book, this is not a Christian novel, but a secular novel with characters who are Christians, and those who claim to be Christian, while also containing characters who are not religious. This is a good reflection of real life. Something in Mr. Grindstaff's writing style is reminiscent of Flannery O'Connor. He captures the quirks of Southern characters while maintaining their humanity. It would have been easy to write so many of these as stereotypical comical buffoons, but he avoided the easy way out. Excellent novel; may offend some of fundamentalist religious backgrounds; strong language. 5 stars *Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*