Dear Hank Williams: 06/19/16
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt is an epistolary middle grade novel. Tate P. Ellerbee has a new teacher who wants the class to hone their letter writing skills. She has Japanese pen pals picked out for each child except it's 1948 rural Louisiana.
Frankly even as late as the 1980s there was anti-Japanese sentiment even in liberal California. How difficult it is to undo the affects of war, real or imagined.
Tate like many of her classmates ignores her teacher's request and picks out her own pen pal. While most children chose a friend or a relative, Tate decides to send fan mail to her favorite singer, Hank Williams.
So it is what it is. Fictional fan mail to Hank Williams. Descriptions of small town life in Alabama. Observations on race and racism. Slice of post WWII life.
It'll either be your thing or it won't.