Such Sadness

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My favorite novelist has passed on to the next life. It is with deep sadness that I announce Minnesota author, John Hassler died on March 20.

Known as “Mr. Hustle-Brain” to his English students (my mother was one of them), this delightful author captured the gentle essence of life in Minnesota in a most compelling way. My mother remembers his teaching style as quiet and unassuming, yet he held the class in rapt attention, sitting “in the palm of his hand.”

While his stories took their time to unfold, he could weave a tale like no other. Rumor has it that he completed his next novel just a few days prior to his death. I hope it’s true.

He will be sorely missed.

Here’s a link where you can get more details.

http://home.comcast.net/~ktebo/

Best,

Beth

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