Dear Mr. You
Scribner (Simon & Schuster)
This is a beautifully written and expressive book. Mary-Louise has a wonderful way with the written word and this is such a different type of "memoir" that I don't feel that is the correct word for it.
Each chapter is a letter to a man in her life. All men. From her dad to a taxi driver to a Yanqui Indian boy who offered her a cigarette after she watched him dance. These are lovely letters, deeply filled with feeling. It showed so clearly how even tiny events can leave lasting impressions.
She is a vibrantly talented writer who I personally hope to read much more of over the coming years.
I HIGHLY recommend.
A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker.
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.