Letters to Missy Violet by Barbara Hathaway

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A heartwarming coming-of-age story set in the rural South.

With her friend Missy Violet away in Florida, Viney has big shoes to fill. While there are ailing neighbors to comfort, Viney’s favorite teacher has left school—and Viney’s irrepressible cousin Charles continues his mischief-making. Through short, powerful vignettes and letters between Missy Violet, Viney, and others, the day-to-day happenings in this warm southern town come to life.


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Barbara Hathaway was born in Harlem, New York. Missy Violet and Me is based on the recollections of her mother, who often spoke glowingly of a relative who served as midwife to the southern community in which she grew up during the 1930s. Ms. Hathaway, a retired healthcare worker, was also inspired by the nurse midwives at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, with whom she was privileged to work for several years. Ms. Hathaway lives in Westchester County, New York, with her family.
Published January 10, 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 165 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Viney updates Missy Violet, a midwife traveling to care for a sick relative, on everything from the sour disposition of her schoolteacher to a fearful encounter in the woods with the Ku Klux Klan, from the hilarious wedding of a homely spinster to the courtship of a curmudgeonly codger called “So...

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