"The Hat" begins with the brief, chilling murder of the godfather of the Jewish bootlegging world. The killer disappears without a trace and then in flashback we meet Kate Brady who has just been fired from her job at Shapiro's Bakery. With an alcoholic mother and the joblessness of The Great Depression, Kate has little hope for a future until she meets the magnetic bootle"The Hat" begins with the brief, chilling murder of the godfather of the Jewish bootlegging world. The killer disappears without a trace and then in flashback we meet Kate Brady who has just been fired from her job at Shapiro's Bakery. With an alcoholic mother and the joblessness of The Great Depression, Kate has little hope for a future until she meets the magnetic bootlegger Ben Gold. After an intense courtship, they marry. Ben's hit man, Sam Ginzberg, and his handsome and decent bookkeeper, Bobby Keane, witness Kate and Ben's wedding. The charged love affair between Bobby and Kate, and their struggle to escape Ben, leads to a startling denouement. Amid the drama of Prohibition, The Great Depression and the birth of the Mafia, the novel ends in suspense, surprise and revelation. Cleveland, Ohio native Babette Rosen Hughes is a bootlegger's daughter whose father and uncle were murdered by the Mafia. Ms. Hughes is the co-author of "Why College Students Fail" and author of the memoir, "Lost And Found." Her published columns, articles and book reviews can be found in the "Saturday Review," Cleveland Plain Dealer," "Cleveland Magazine" and the "Cleveland Press." Babette and her husband are parents and stepparents to eight children and now reside in Austin, Texas. Join the author on Facebook and visit her website: www.babettehughes.com....
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The Hat Reviews
No doubt about it. Repeating phrases gets our attention. Starting sentences with the word “and” causes a second look, too. We (the "editorial we") look forward to reading murder mysteries because they typically flow smoothly from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph and page to page. Before we know it, we’re done. Pausing a moment to reflect on the action, the motivations of a particular character, or the ethical and moral questions posed adds to the reading experience. Faced with a situation where we have to go back and re-read a paragraph or a passage to figure out what is happening is an unwelcome distraction. Such confusion interferes with the concept of suspending disbelief and attention is called to structure and construction of what we are reading -- instead of getting lost in the story. This was our experience with The Hat.Author, Babette Hughes, has created an ensemble of characters with whom many readers will empathize. Adult children of alcoholics and readers who can remember the teen angst of dealing with friends who dressed better and ran in better economic circles will find it easy to identify with protagonist Kate. Well to do friend, Vivian, their parents, friends and lovers make up the usual suspects. It is questionable how many readers will find sympathy for a cast of characters that this reviewer had a hard time finding likable. Told in the first person, The Hat revisit’s the plight of a young woman married to the mob. This time, it’s the Jewish underworld during the age of prohibition. A love triangle develops and in the end, we discover the origin of the title. We’ve reviewed other novels by women writers with women heroines in this genre and found them to be engaging mysteries. The Hat could be a romance, a murder mystery or a soap opera -- but has difficulty finding its niche. No doubt about it.
BABETTE HUGHES' "THE HAT" (A REVIEW)I cannot say enough about this book and how wonderfully written it is. Babette Hughes is definitely one of my favorite writers as of this moment. From the opening page this book gripped me and I could not put it down. The story of a bootlegger's wife during the 'Great Depression' is riveting and emotionally charged to such a degree that you feel as though you're living it with her. You want so badly to be part of this story, to help her find a way out that it leaves you breathless with anticipation of what will happen to the heroine Kate (Little Red).I would definitely recommend this as one of the must-reads to add to your list. You will not be disappointed. I long for the next endeavor Babette Hughes pursues and will be sure to pick up her books from here on out. Do not pass this one up!-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club©2010, Kitty, all rights reserved.Read more: http://www.greatmindsthinkaloud.probo...
It is June, 1932. Someone wants Ben Gold, head of a bootlegging organization, dead. The killer strikes quickly and disappears without a trace.Flashback two years. Smart, pretty Kate Brady is thrilled to find out she has received a scholarship to Ohio State where she hopes to study to be a writer. Now all she has to do is find enough money for room, board and books and she will be on her way to realizing her goals. Her family does not have the money to pay for her education; she must earn it herself. Her father left when she was young and her mother wages a constant battle with alcoholism.Sadly, Kate’s dreams are smashed when she is fired from her job at Shapiro’s Bakery. It is the beginning of the Great Depression and business is slow. While she worked at the bakery she met one of the customers, the handsome Ben Gold, a man with money and charm who was very attracted to her. After a whirlwind courtship she agrees to marry him even though she barely knows him. A friend warns her about Ben but she won’t listen. With no hope of a job or future and a miserable home life, Ben is the answer to all her problems.Soon Kate realizes that life with Ben is not what she expected. His business dealings, which she soon finds out are illegal activities and bootlegging, take priority. She begins spending time with Bobby, Ben’s bookkeeper, and as she gets to know him she realizes he is the type of man she really wanted and marrying Ben was a big mistake.I like the use of the flashback technique. Knowing that Ben will die sets us up with a mystery. As the story progresses the suspense builds while we wonder who is responsible for the murder. The author shifts suspicion among several possibilities as Ben becomes an even more unlikable character. As I flew through the pages towards the ending I was pretty sure I knew who the murder was but this just kept me turning the pages faster to find out if I was right.And what about the hat referred to in the title? The hat plays a key role in a story with a very satisfying ending that left me wanting more. At just under 200 pages this well-written, fast-paced novel was just the right length even though when I reached the end I wasn’t ready to put the book down.Recommended, especially for those that enjoy books set during The Great Depression and the prohibition era.
This novel opens with the killing of Ben Gold in Cleveland, 1932. We’re then taken back two years, to meet Kate Brady, humiliated by her drunken mother, and unable to escape into her scholarship place at University because the Depression has wiped out her bakery job. Then she meets the charming Ben Gold, who wants to take her out of there...Kate is a vividly-imagined character. She narrates the novel, and we’re caught up in sympathy with her straight away, willing her to escape even as we – older and wiser than the naive teenager she is - are saying, ‘Don’t do it!’ Her gradual discovery of Ben’s real empire is convincingly done, and her involvement in it chilling. The background of jazz, speak-easies, the Depression, rich and poor, corruption and gang warfare, is convincingly evoked. This is a novel, centring on Kate’s gradual awakening, rather than a gangster story or a thriller, but the atmosphere was well done, and the ending keeps you reading to the last page. An unusual and compellingly told story of a young woman who marries in haste.
I found this to be a strange but interesting book. It is about Kate, who marries Ben, a mobster during the depression. It talks about her losing a baby, an affair, and her murdering her husband. I would recommend it.
Well written but no surprises. Just a sad story.
Review to come.
I am currently reading this now. It looks interesting so I am looking forward to it.