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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  16 reviews
HATTIE begins with the end—the end of a woman’s life. In a spare and powerful narrative, this soulful novel takes us on an intimate journey through the meaning of Hattie’s life and life in general, delving fearlessly into the complexity of our human relationships, our yearning for the divine, and the ways in which these paths cross throughout our lives. For Hattie, love an ...more
Paperback, 334 pages
Published September 17th 2012 by Small Batch Books (first published September 14th 2012)
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Bernice Rocque
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished reading Hattie days ago and I am quiet, still immersed in the waters of her life. It is difficult to describe the experience of reading this finely honed novel. Such an exceptional book! It reminds me a little of the wonderful, Colors of the Mountain, by Da Chen, with its contrast of shocking moments and artful writing.

The stories of Hattie’s life are told in a first person narrative, in words that shimmer with the fullness of sorrow, wonder, evil, and love. Her storytelling style is
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: trauma, novel
Hattie is an unforgettable woman, whose gentle voice and presence is a gift to those who read it. Her ability to sense the feelings and thoughts of others shows a gift she has gotten from the trials of her life. Anna Bozena Bowen creates the realistic voice of a woman suffering the consequences of abuse, and one who is able to find herself in spite of that trauma. The book is beautifully written in a format that makes it amazingly easy to absorb the totality of Hattie's mostly sad life. The firs ...more
Laura Engel
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I met author, Anna Bozena Bowen this summer at a writers conference. Liked her immediately for the warm and engaging woman she is. I was excited to read her book, and little did I know how much I would love her book. The story of Hattie grabbed me from the beginning. I was intrigued by the story and character and mesmerized by the beautiful and powerful voice of Anna Bozena Bowen. Hattie is every woman. Hattie has the endurance and strength, the magical essence of women everywhere. I like a book ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hattie's was a life of hardship, tragedy, abandonment, and loneliness. The plot of Hattie had the potential for being a dark and depressing read. It wasn't! Hattie was a woman of quiet strength and perseverance. She remained a woman of character despite many emotionally damaged people in her life. The author, Anna Bozena Bowen, draws the reader into Hattie's life and holds one spellbound with the depth of thought within the character's mind.

"Snippets" between many of the chapters add to our kno
Christoph Fischer
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Hattie" by Anna Bozena Bowen was recommended to me by a friend and I was not disappointed. It is a beautifully written and amazing, if not somewhat sad, story. The heroine, Hattie, tells in small snippets and episodes of her life as a washer woman, mother and wife, a life full of tragedy, hardship and abuse.
Beaten by her husband, because at the time 'A man can do anything he wants to his wife' and then abandoned by him Hattie has to take care for her children. It is a story of a selfless and pr
Tim Baldwin
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
HATTIE the novel is a very special story that instantly and consistently draws the reader in. Its power comes not only from Hattie's recollection of thoughts and key life events but from the structure - or anti-structure - the novel follows. Purposefully done, the setting in which Hattie's life takes place is blurred just enough for her words to resonate in the hearts and minds of readers of any age. Evident throughout the novel, Anna Bowen made deliberate choices with syntax, diction, and struc ...more
Suzanne Lumsden
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Listening to all the recent news of human tragedies, I hear all the ailing, grieving mothers across the globe and think of the novel Hattie, a story about a woman written and understood by Bowen in compelling authentic voice. Don't we all struggle to understand grief and loss and senseless violence? Hattie reminds us of the human struggle to prevail beyond the devastating experiences that shape our lives. A triumph of humanity and soul, Bowen delivers a timeless character; one that lingers in th ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I struggle on rating either 3 or 4 stars. Maybe on another day I would choose four but today I'm going a little lower. For me this book was sad, simply sad. After reading about the author at the end it became clear how the story came about. I realize there are those where tragedy and abuse follows them through life as with our "Hattie" and I do admire her strength to carry on only to end in tragedy yet again. Beautifully written and told in shorter stories which might be why I am not absolutely ...more
Kathy-Ann Becker
too grim

Just made me feel awful and the unexplained sequences seemed more like hanging ends than symbolism. The fugue of helplessness frustrated this reader, who seeks models of survival. I wanted to love this story but it stirred up unwanted memories and offered little hope. So, yes, a powerful reaction, so three stars for reader involvement and two subtracted for the unrelenting pain.
May 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Hattie's life story is told in three parts: In the Meadow, By the Stream, and Through the Wood. It is a tale of child abuse, spousal abuse, tragedy, murder, and poverty, which only ends in death. There are few bright or humorous spots in this trauma-filled tale.

The first person narrative is used to draw sympathy in this typical “it's a hard life and even harder for a woman” tale.
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is written so beautifully yet I had the hardest time getting it finished. When I started this book life got real busy so I think that's why I had trouble really getting invested in the story. I hope I'll come back to it another time when life is a bit more still and I'm able to give Hattie my complete attention.
Heidi Scanlon
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was immediately drawn into this story and was intrigued by the main character. However, the more I read the more disappointed I became. There didn't seem to be depth to any of the characters. It had a lot of interesting plot twists but most were only superficially tied into the story.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book from Goodreads giveaway. It is a story that will remain with the reader.
Georgia Dentel
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked this book, the writing style was beautiful, the descriptions of feelings felt valid and truthful. It was a little slow in spots for me, but definitely worth the reading.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Hattie was brilliant novel. You could really connect and empathize with Hattie.
J. A.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hattie is an unforgettable novel. Rarely have I read such a perfect book in the way it enveloped me in its world, in Hattie’s hard, harsh and nonetheless transcendent world. Hattie the character is so vividly alive in this book that she becomes like an intimate friend. I did not want the book to end. I became so lost in the character and her world that I completely forgot the book’s beginning, which is the end of Hattie’s life. So when I got to the end, I grieved at her loss. For weeks afterward ...more
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"The world can be as small as the flesh around you or as large as the winds your voice travels upon." I am a creative, intuitive, spiritual woman and writer who is a mix of many experiences, relationships, encounters, and connections with the universe. I am a believer in miracles and what lies in-between and beyond. When one discovers their voice and their truths the soul shines through.
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