Title: Dear Mr. You
Author: Mary-Louise Parker
Publisher: Scribner 2015
Rating: 3/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Perpetual (NonAd); Nonfiction
An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.
Our book club selection for April (yeah I finished it early). And I must say that I wasn't a huge fan at all. I just couldn't get behind her style of writing. Some of the essays were very intriguing, but others fell flat for me. I really enjoyed the one about her grandfather. Very moving. I just don't think this book was for me...