If you liked the fact that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Find this book in our catalog) is a story that unfolds through letters, you might like these stories also based on letters and diary entries.
The Pull of the Moon by Elizabeth Berg
“Uncomfortable with the fit of her life, now that she’s in the middle of it, Nan gets into her car and just goes – driving across the country on back roads, following the moon; and stopping to talk to people. Through conversations with women, men, with her husband through letters, and with herself through her diary, Nan confronts topics long overdue for her attention.” (from our catalog notes)
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Two years before the opening of the novel, Eva’s son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-beloved teacher who had tried to befriend him. Now Kevin is currently in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York. In trying to make sense of what happened Eva addresses her estranged husband, Frank, through a series of startingly direct letters. She relates the story of Kevin’s upbringing, fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son became. She confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general – and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault? (from the book jacket)
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
“Harrison William Shepherd, the product of a divorced American father and a Mexican mother. After getting kicked out of his American military academy, Harrison spends his formative years in Mexico in the 1930s in the household of Diego Rivera; his wife, Frida Kahlo; and their houseguest, Leon Trotsky, who is hiding from Soviet assassins. After Trotsky is assassinated, Harrison returns to the U.S., settling down in Asheville, N.C., where he becomes an author of historical potboilers (e.g., Vassals of Majesty) and is later investigated as a possible subversive. Narrated in the form of letters, diary entries and newspaper clippings, the novel takes a while to get going, but once it does, it achieves a rare dramatic power that reaches its emotional peak when Harrison wittily and eloquently defends himself before the House Un-American Activities Committee.” (from the Publishers Weekly review in our catalog)
Homeland by Barbara Hambly
“As brother turns against brother in the bloodbath of the Civil War, two young women sacrifice everything but their friendship. Susanna Ashford is the Southerner, living on a plantation surrounded by scarred and blood-soaked battlefields. Cora Poole is the Northerner, on an isolated Maine island, her beloved husband fighting for the Confederacy. Through the letters the two women exchange, they speak of the ordeal of a familiar world torn apart by tragedy. And yet their unique friendship will help mend the fabric of a ravaged nation. The two women write about books and art, about loss and longing, about their future and the future of their country. About love. About being a woman in nineteenth-century America. About the triumphant resilience of the human spirit. Their voices and their stories are delineated in indomitable prose by an award-winning writer who captures in intimate detail a singular moment in time.” (from our catalog notes)
The Letters by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger
“In this unique collaborative novel, “New York Times” bestselling author Rice and fellow author and friend Monninger create a couple’s emotional journey as revealed through fictional letters.” (cataolg notes) A husband and wife, after separation and the death of their adult son, explore what their marriage has meant and means to them both.