AIN'T NOTHIN' AS SWEET AS MY BABY: The Story of Hank Williams' Lost Daughter by Jett with Pamela Thomas Williams

AIN'T NOTHIN' AS SWEET AS MY BABY: The Story of Hank Williams' Lost Daughter

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Smartly paced, candid record of a young woman's straggle to discover the identity of her natural parents. The early life of Jett Williams was shrouded in mystery. Her birth certificate listed only the name of her mother, Bobbie Jett. Within a matter of days, Bobble herself disappeared, and the infant was taken in by the mother of Hank Williams, the Country Western star who had died only weeks before, apparently of drags and alcohol. When Williams' mother died two years later, after adopting the child she called Catherine Yvone Stone, the gift was placed in a foster home, then adopted by Wayne and Louise Deupree, a Montgomery, Alabama, couple with whom the child was never fully comfortable. When Cathy was 21, Louise Deupree hinted to her that Hank Williams might be her father. The young woman decided to find out the troth. What follows is an unsentimental tale that includes moving scenes of reunion with the foster mother whom the author remembered vaguely; a bitter confrontation, then reconciliation with Bobbie Jett's other children; legal skulduggery, greed, and ambition; frustrations and occasional triumphs. After having her paternity recognized by the courts, Jett decided to claim her share of the Hank Williams estate. The litigation continues and she is now intent on establishing a singing career of her own, backed by her father's band, The Drifting Cowboys. If she's half as good a singer as she is a storyteller, she should be on the charts in no time.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1990
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich