Marion Hatley

Marion Hatley

by Beth Castrodale

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BN ID: 2940157481049
Publisher: Garland Press
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 277
Sales rank: 947,034
File size: 18 MB
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About the Author

BETH CASTRODALE has worked as a reporter and book editor. Marion Hatley was a finalist for the 2014 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel from Southeast Missouri State University Press. Beth’s other novels include In This Ground, an excerpt of which was a shortlist finalist for a 2014 William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Award. Her stories have appeared in Printer’s Devil Review, The Writing Disorder, and Marathon Literary Review. She also recommends literary fiction at To learn more about Beth’s work and sign up for her email newsletter, visit

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Marion Hatley 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story about a talented woman who makes her own way, set in the 1940s. Fascinating look at the life of a seamstress who invents a better corset. But more than that, it is a tale of talent, resilience and hope. Funny, surprising, exciting and tearful at different turns. Beautiful writing makes it a pleasure to read. Well done Beth Castrodale!
Stacie Olson More than 1 year ago
love a book with a strong female lead. It allows me to jump into the shoes of the main character, to see the world from her perspective. Marion Hatley decides to head to Cooper's Ford, a small country town, leaving her big city life (with it's problems and scandals) behind. She must start anew and readjust to her new world, all while trying to find her footing, set herself up financially and face new challenges head-on. One of the trials that Marion faces, is designing a new and comfortable corset. I found this aspect of the book utterly fascinating, as the travails of corset-wearing heretofore hasn't been on my study radar. (Also, my Google history is now filled with searches like "Corsets of the 30's," and "Uncomfortable corsets," and "Why women stopped wearing corsets." #nerdproblems) I found myself absolutely loving everything about Marion, her strength and her determination, as well as the part of her that perpetually remained a misfit. I was also equally drawn to the other characters in the book, which is a rare treat! I found myself wanting to know more about Elder, Ina and Walter, wondering where their story might lead, hoping for a happy ending for each of them. Bottom Line: Marion Hatley is a book that keeps you thinking, long after you've finished the last page. Beautiful characters, wonderful writing.