Letter from Home

Letter from Home

by Carolyn G. Hart
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Letter from Home by Carolyn G. Hart

In the summer of 1944, Gretchen Gilman was working as a reporter at the local newspaper. Her assignments weren't very exciting, but it was a good opportunity for a young woman with talent and ambition to spare. That summer everyone was talking about Faye Tatum, who was found dead in her own living room. Gretchen had known Faye, and she'd known that the circumstances of Faye's life and death were much different than people imagined. Gretchen was determined to uncover the truth once and for all-even if it meant writing a story that would haunt her for the rest of her life...

Author Biography: Carolyn Hart is the author of two bestselling mystery series-the Henrie O. mysteries and the Death on Demand series. She lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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ISBN-13: 9780425191798
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/07/2003
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Carolyn Hart is the author of Death on Demand and the Henrie O series. Her books have won the Agatha, the Anthony and Macavity awards. She was a founding member and is a former president of Sisters in Crime. Her most recent title is Sugar Plum Dead.

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Letter from Home 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Letter From Home and wanted to share my views about it. It is so much more than a good mystery. This is a wonderfully warm, in depth study of people caught up in the emotional turmoil and pain created by WWII. Having lived through that period as a child, the book evoked memories I had almost forgotten existed. This book is one that lingers with the reader, provoking thoughts long after the last page is read and the cover is closed. The book captures the pain of separation and the changes in society caused by war both on the home front and by active duty in the military. It also deals with the changing role of women and the loss of innocence as seen through the eyes of a young teen living in a small town where the impact is so widespread throughout the community. It could also be termed a coming-of-age story when a young woman is forced to see her neighbors, friends and family with their flaws, weaknesses and strengths exposed by the war and the murder that change lives forever. I can well understand why this book has been nominated for a Pulitzer and has been compared to Steinbeck's work. The format of the book is very different, and I would recommend this work to anyone who lived through that era or has an historical interest in the period. It captures the essence of the times wrapped around a very good mystery and leaves no doubt that Carolyn Hart's talent as a writer goes beyond the ability to entertain mystery lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read in a long time. It certainly got my nomination and will get my vote for the Agatha Award. Carolyn Hart, always superb, has outdone herself with this latest stand alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
LETTER FROM HOME is a literary treasure, dealing with American life during World War II in small town Oklahoma. Accurate in detail, brimming with emotion, I love the way the story is told in an original style that adds to the suspense. Carolyn Hart encourages readers to deduce character and motivation not from claim and assertion but from what they observe. These characters come alive! A distinguished novel, already nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, LETTER FROM HOME would make a long-lasting gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Carolyn Hart but it won't be the last. If you want a good mystery that reads fast this book is for you.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In a small Oklahoma town during the summer of 1949 Gretchen Gilman left her innocence behind and saw the world as it actually was. She keeps busy working in her grandmother¿s cafe in the early mornings before rushing to work as a reporter for the local paper the Gazette.

After the police left Faye Tatum¿s place following somebody called in a complaint, Gretchen and her friend Barb, Faye¿s daughter, find Faye dead, the victim of strangulation. Faye¿s husband Clyde is nowhere to be found and popular opinion says that he killed her in a jealous rage after he found out she went to the local bar to dance while he was being prepared to be shipped out. Many people believe Faye deserved what she got because she was an artist who stepped out on her husband. Gretchen¿s grandmother is hiding Clyde who intends to find out who killed his wife. Tragedy begets death and for years after, Gretchen tries to put the events of that summer behind her until a letter from someone in her past stirs up all the ugly memories.

This story is told from Gretchen¿s perspective years after the fact and readers feel her pain as she remembers being ostracized by those she thought were friends because she wrote about Faye in the newspaper in a favorable light. This is more than just a murder mystery. It is a slice of small town America during the World War II years. Carolyn Hart has written a very rich and colorful atmospheric novel, one that captures the essence of a bygone era.

Harriet Klausner

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliantly fashioned story that keeps you engaged through building suspense with both plot and character development that is missing in so many mystery novels today . It's intelligent , well written and insightful and made me feel a part of the small town world of the 1940's that was my parents' world. Such a pleasure to read .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago