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The short character prequel, Hannah Strong, focuses on what is happening in Hannah’s life and mind over the span of 2 days – 2 days that encompass 2 important decisions about a past that cannot help but impact her future. Readers are brought face-to-face with a woman trying hard to live up to her name. We are invited to peek over her shoulder as she confronts the reality of her failing marriage and enduring love for a father cursed by alcoholism. Hannah’s first decision, made on page one, not ...more
Hannah Strong is a powerful short story that introduces us to a woman set upon by demons. She suspects her husband is cheating, she knows her father is an alcoholic and Matthews hints at the relationship between Hannah and her mother and how desperately she misses that bond. Matthews colors in the edges of Hannah’s character well as we follow her through near panic attack, night out with her friend, clash with her husband and ultimately taking the parental role in the relationship with her ...more