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The Nut Hut
     

The Nut Hut

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by Kathleen Taylor
 
In late January, 1971, eighteen-year-old Becky Decker reported for her first day of work at Byerley State Hospital and School, a state-run institution spoken of mostly in whispers. She hoped to make friends, and to "make a difference" in her very first job. What she found during that week was a world of heartbreak and hope in a universe that no longer exists.

Overview

In late January, 1971, eighteen-year-old Becky Decker reported for her first day of work at Byerley State Hospital and School, a state-run institution spoken of mostly in whispers. She hoped to make friends, and to "make a difference" in her very first job. What she found during that week was a world of heartbreak and hope in a universe that no longer exists.


Kathleen Taylor's brilliant novel "The Nut Hut" takes the reader on a harrowing trip inside a state institution for people with mental disabilities, circa 1971. Through young Becky Decker's baptism of fire -- her first week on the job -- we explore Byerley State Hospital with the eyes of an innocent. Our appreciation for the workers and the patients and their day-to-day dance of survival grows along with Becky's own. By the end, we're confident that she -- and we -- have a better understanding of them all. Highly recommended."
Steve Brewer, author of the Bubba Mabry mysteries

Editorial Reviews

Denise Swanson--New York Times Bestselling Author of the Scumble River and Devereaux's Dime Store series
Kathleen Taylor is one of the best storytellers around. The Nut Hut is a total-immersion into the 1971 world of residential care for the mentally retarded. It is ruthlessly honest, but at the same time extraordinarily moving. A totally captivating novel that will draw you in and not let you out until the last page is read.
Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of A BITTER VEIL
A sweeter, less caustic version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the Nut Hut by Kathleen Taylor is the story of attendant Becky Decker’s first week in a mental institution during the early 1970’s. Still, the story retains a bite. The prose is velvety smooth, and the sharp characterizations make for a fast, unputdownable read. I recommend it highly, if only to remind those of us who are not impaired how blessed we really are.
Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of Gun Church
The Nut Hut is a chilling tale about the cold heart of state institutions. A smart, insightful novel, it’s full of more truths than any ten works of nonfiction and way more entertaining.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016124582
Publisher:
Kathleen Taylor
Publication date:
12/21/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
951 KB

Meet the Author

Kathleen Taylor, author of six Tory Bauer Mysteries and five knitting books, as well as countless other magazine articles and designs, worked for six years in an institution much like Byerley.

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The Nut Hut 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathleen captured the early 1970s institutional world perfectly. Having worked in a similar setting, I can attest to her accuracy. I know all her characters, recognize the situations. Very well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous portrayal of life in our state institutions four decades ago! Ms Taylor writes with charm and wit in her own unique style,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Nut Hut’s main character, Rebecca Decker endures the challenges of a new job with grit and humor. This book is a compelling mix of mystery, drama, and a little bit of fun. It has a wonderful sense of a certain time and place, combined with edge of your seat intensity. I loved it!
vandab More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book!!! Kathleen Taylor's mystery series is one of the best, and her move into a different genre with The Nut Hut is just as good if not even better.She always writes so that you can picture the story in your head and with The Nut Hut it is so clear I feel like I know Becky Decker. I wanted to cheer for her, or give her a hug. Mrs. Taylor you need to write more books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed my attention from the first page, and has kept me reading longer at lunchtime than I should. There is a real feel for being in this place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, I'm locked out of warriors books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tahts too bad but okay.