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Nominations for the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Book for 2005

Letter from Home
by Carolyn Hart
Berkley Prime Crime

2003
pp. 272
hardback
ISBN 0425191796
$22.95

“…I was a writer. I could tell the story of Faye and Clyde Tatum, and of their daughter, Barb, and the little girl down the street…”

World-renowned journalist G.G. Gilman does her best not to think of the past. But one day she gets a letter—sent from the small Oklahoma town where she grew up—that brings it all back: memories of people she had once known and loved dearly, and of the sultry summer when her life changed forever. Letter from Home works on multiple levels. It is a mystery, a poignant fictional memoir, and a portrait of an American small town during World War II.

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"A persistent sense of loss and longing accounts for the bittersweet tone of Carolyn Hart's Letters from Home. Set in a small-town America that lives only in memory, this artfully narrated whodunit observes the residents of an unnamed Oklahoma hamlet over the hot and dusty summer of 1944 as they ration their food, count their war dead and turn on their neighbors."
Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

Hart has created a fabulous two-in-one: an excellent mystery and the poignant memoirs of her heroine, Gretchen Grace Gilman. The obviously well-researched history draws the reader into this atypical whodunit. Characters are Steinbeck vivid, as is the sense of time and place. Hart masterfully portrays an American small town during WWII.
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Carolyn Hart's novels have won multiple Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Awards, proving she is a master of the mystery genre. Her book Sugarplum Dead won the 2000 Oklahoma Book Award for Fiction. In 2004, the Oklahoma Center for the Book honored her with the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She lives in Oklahoma City, and is one of the founders of Sisters in Crime.

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