Author: Peter Tyner
Source: Received for review
When retired janitor Hattie Plain reads that the Advice Columnist of the New York Daily Record has left the newspaper, she sees herself as a perfect fit for the open position. She prepares her “resume”, a shopping bag full of essays, articles and diary excerpts and heads down to the Record on a bus.
There are problems ahead. She is 92 years old, has no newspaper experience, and they don’t know she’s coming. But they’ll find out soon enough.
The twelve hour oddesy of Hattie Plain’s dealings with the newspaper reveal her life, losses and successes through flashbacks generated by her “resume”.
These include watching her parents slaughtered and house burned by the Klan at age 16 in 1929. Her escape takes her to NYC as Harlem is changing color, and the rich black culture is taking root there.
She spends 60 years as a janitor but is at the core of the social upheavals in every decade. Her civil rights involvement is crucial to the success of that movement.
Seniors, people of color, religious folks, the rebuffed, the stepped-on, the student, the radical…anyone with an inextinguishable idea and the guts to see it through will relate to Hattie’s journey and revel in her eventual success. (Taken from Goodreads)
I read this novel in a day and it had my attention from the very first sentences. Historical fiction is a genre that I love and always go back to and Tyner has an amazing talent in this genre and he really brought the history within this novel to life.
The story had a lovely flow and style to it and added a lot of depth to the novel. I felt like I was right there watching the story happen before my eyes. The only negative thing I have to say is there was a few spelling mistakes present through out the novel.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I really hope that more reader pick up this book and Tyner get the recognition as a great historical author.
A copy of this novel was received for free and all opinions expressed are my own through reading it.