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Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although not so well as I would like. I want to be there when your eyes flutter open in the morning, and you see me, and you smile. Surely this would be paradise enough?). So I do declare myself to you now, with pen set to paper. I declare it again: I love you.

Is there any communication more potent than the love letter? Is there any charge greater than seeing those words on paper? The editors of this collection decided to ask some of the most important writers of our time to compose a fictional love letter — breathing new life into a forgotten custom, and affording words themselves the power of seduction that they richly deserve. The result is an iridescent picture of what love looks like in the twenty-first century: a collage of methods and moods. Each letter is radically different from the others, and all but one are published for the first time. A perfect gift, this book is also an ingenious showcase for many of our most beloved writers.

Love: a vague word for an emotion so ethereal it's not always possible to demonstrate. But there still exists an assumption that experiences - and, by extension, the emotions that experiences evoke — are more resonant when you "write them down." And it's that faith, that belief that writing down these naked, shocking, inadvisable and probably destructive feelings make them worthwhile, that powers this collection, each piece of which is a testimony to the creative powers of our leading writers today, and every piece of which will move you.

Synopsis:

"Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although not so well as I would like. I want to be there when your eyes flutter open in the morning, and you see me, and you smile. Surely this would be paradise enough?). So I do declare myself to you now, with pen set to paper. I declare it again: I love you."

Is there any communication more potent than the love letter? Is there any charge greater than seeing those words on paper? The editors of this collection decided to ask some of the most important writers of our time to compose a fictional love letter - breathing new life into a forgotten custom, and affording words themselves the power of seduction that they richly deserve. The result is an iridescent picture of what love looks like in the twenty-first century: a collage of methods and moods. Each letter is radically different from the others, and all but one are published for the first time. A perfect gift, this book is also an ingenious showcase for many of our most beloved writers.

Love: a vague word for an emotion so ethereal it's not always possible to demonstrate. But there still exists an assumption that experiences - and, by extension, the emotions that experiences evoke - are more resonant when you write them down. And it's that faith, that belief that writing down these naked, shocking, inadvisable and probably destructive feelings make them worthwhile, that powers this collection, each piece of which is a testimony to the creative powers of our leading writers today, and every piece of which will move you.

About the Author

Joshua Knelman is an award-winning writer and editor and frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail newspaper. He is currently writing Hot Art, a nonfiction, investigative book focused on the international trade in stolen paintings, to be published by Free Press in 2009. He lives in Toronto.

Rosalind Porter is an editor at Granta and lives in London.

Table of Contents

Contents

 Introduction Jonathan Lethem Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Adam Thorpe Lionel Shriver David Bezmozgis Chris Bachelder A. L. Kennedy Jeff Parker Francine Prose Graham Roumieu Gautam Malkani Miriam Toews James Robertson Etgar Keret Mandy Sayer Jeanette Winterson Michel Faber Hisham Matar Geoff Dyer Matthew Zapruder Carl-Johan Vallgren Joseph Boyden Neil Gaiman Valerie Martin Peter Behrens Ursula K. Le Guin Nick Laird Sam Lipsyte Panos Karnezis Jan Morris Hari Kunzru Anonymous Margaret Atwood Damon Galgut Audrey Niffenegger Juli Zeh Leonard Cohen Phil LaMarche M. G. Vassanji Tessa Brown Douglas Coupland Biographies Acknowledgements 

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Pippi23, July 7, 2009 (view all comments by Pippi23)
This is an amazing book full of great love letters. Each writer offers up a fascinating piece of writing from the heart. A favorite would be Leonard Cohen's love letter! Who says the love letter is dead!?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416569732
Author:
Joshua Knelman and Rosalind Porter
Publisher:
Free Press
Editor:
Porter, Rosalind
Editor:
Knelman, Joshua
Author:
Knelman, Joshua
Author:
Porter, Rosalind
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
English fiction
Subject:
Love-letters
Subject:
American fiction - 21st century
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although not so well as I would like. I want to be there when your eyes flutter open in the morning, and you see me, and you smile. Surely this would be paradise enough?). So I do declare myself to you now, with pen set to paper. I declare it again: I love you."

Is there any communication more potent than the love letter? Is there any charge greater than seeing those words on paper? The editors of this collection decided to ask some of the most important writers of our time to compose a fictional love letter - breathing new life into a forgotten custom, and affording words themselves the power of seduction that they richly deserve. The result is an iridescent picture of what love looks like in the twenty-first century: a collage of methods and moods. Each letter is radically different from the others, and all but one are published for the first time. A perfect gift, this book is also an ingenious showcase for many of our most beloved writers.

Love: a vague word for an emotion so ethereal it's not always possible to demonstrate. But there still exists an assumption that experiences - and, by extension, the emotions that experiences evoke - are more resonant when you write them down. And it's that faith, that belief that writing down these naked, shocking, inadvisable and probably destructive feelings make them worthwhile, that powers this collection, each piece of which is a testimony to the creative powers of our leading writers today, and every piece of which will move you.

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