The popular first novel by an 85-year-old resident of a retirement home is now available on audio. Hattie McNair, an inveterate journal-keeper and eavesdropper extraordinaire, lives in FairAcres Home, a retirement community in South Carolina. Through personal journal entries and letters to a friend on the outside, Hattie tells the stories of the high and low times at FairAcres in this uplifting story of living life to the fullest.
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Wilder graduated from Converse College in 1930 and received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1982.From Publishers Weekly:
Hattie McNair, the feisty protagonist of this modest, semi-autobiographical first novel, is a widow living in a South Carolina retirement home. Through her diary entries, we watch as the home's residents tell their life stories, exchange confidences and gossip, develop romantic crushes and turn to one another for support. Longing for a change in her daily routine, Hattie debates whether life is worth living. Her answer is a resounding "yes." Together with Minna McKenzie, a retired music teacher, she plays piano duets, belting out a Scott Joplin rag. On an adventurous walk, Hattie discovers an empty, mysterious cottage completely covered with kudzu vines, tracks down its owner, a reclusive widower, and helps persuade him to rent it out. She also comforts her friend, Sarah Moorer, who is dying of cancer. Interpersed with the journal entries are letters to friends and cheery light verse ("August is a messy month/ With skeeters, flies, and fleas, / With thunderstorms and gale alarms/ And weeds up to your knees"). More a sketch than a finished work, this is an unpretentious, occasionally poignant look at aging. Illustrations.
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Book Description Peachtree Publishers, 1996. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1561451363
Book Description Peachtree Publishers, 1996. Audio Cassette. Book Condition: Brand New. abridged edition. 7.00x4.50x0.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1561451363