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Mr. Chartwell by Rebecca Hunt
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Mar 11, 11

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

In her debut novel Mr. Chartwell, author Rebecca Hunt asks her readers to suspend disbelief and allow her to introduce the “dogification” of depression. In 1964 London, the recently widowed librarian Esther Hammerhans opens the door to the only respondent to her add for a boarder, only to find a giant dog, capable of speech, who introduces himself as Mr. Chartwell. Although Mr. Chartwell is a bit repulsive, and somewhat hard to believe, Esther soon finds herself drawn to him and his unusual power over her. Mr. Chartwell is also seeing another “client” the soon to be retired, Winston Churchill. Churchill knows Mr. Chartwell as Black Pat, and unlike Esther, continually rallies against him and his insinuating ways. Esther is called upon to assist Churchill in the preparations of his final speech and thus the three are forced together, in what could be a final battle for Esther’s well being. Ms. Hunt demonstrates not only a keen sense of canine behavior, but also a deep understanding of depression. Ms. Hunt also strikes a remarkable balance between light and dark in her writing. Readers will be unable to stop reading until the fates of the characters are revealed. Ms. Hunt is a writer to watch!
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