Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - 6:30pm
Brazos Bookstore --
2421 Bissonnet Street
HOUSTON, TX 77005-1451

Brazos Bookstore hosts Babette Fraser Hale on Tuesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

In this intimate rendering of a relationship we learn how deceptive surface impressions can be.

Leon Hale, author of Bonney’s Place, was sixty years old, a “country boy” who wrote about rural Texans with humor and sensitivity in his popular column for The Houston Post and, later the Houston Chronicle. Babette Fraser at thirty-six was a child of privilege, a city girl educated abroad, struggling in her career while raising a young son. No one thought it could work.

Even Hale himself held serious doubts. But it did endure. The interior congruencies they discovered through a long and turbulent courtship knit them tightly together for the rest of his life.

And when he died during the Pandemic isolation period, searing levels of grief and doubt threatened Babette’s understanding of the partnership and marriage that had sustained her for forty years. Had he really been the person she thought he was? Had he kept secrets that would forever change her view of him?

In candid, evocative prose, she explores the distorted perceptions that often follow the death of a cherished spouse, and the loving resolution that allows life to go on.

BABETTE FRASER HALE is the author of A Wall of Bright Dead Feathers, 2022 winner of the debut fiction award from the Texas Institute of Letters. Her stories have won the Meyerson Prize from Southwest Review and been included among the “Other Distinguished Stories” in Best American Short Stories, 2015. In addition to writing short fiction, at various times she has been a magazine feature writer, columnist, contributing editor, book editor and publisher. She lives in Texas. 

This Familiar Heart: An Improbable Love Story By Babette Fraser Hale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780975272756
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Winedale Publishing - April 2nd, 2024