Four Letter Word: New Love Letters

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Random House, Feb 1, 2009 - Love-letters - 259 pages
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An inspired collection of new fiction from some of today's most celebrated writers, exploring the charm, potency and seductive powers of a classic genre . . . the love letter.
When did you last receive a love letter? Have emails and text messages taken over from this romantic form of communication? Would a love letter by a novelist or poet be better than one written by you or me? How would the literary traits of a writer shape the love letters he or she writes? And might a love letter tell us something about its author their other writing could not?
Editors Joshua Knelman and Rosalind Porter have assembled an exciting and unique collection of new fiction: they've asked some of our most celebrated contemporary writers to explore the distinctive form of the love letter to remind us how enticing words can be and perhaps even to resurrect a dying custom. Each of the pieces in this anthology is radically different from the others, each is a testimony to the creative powers of our leading writers today, and each is guaranteed to seduce.
Four Letter Word brings us work from 35 of today's best writers, including Margaret Atwood, Miriam Toews, David Bezmozgis, Douglas Coupland, Michel Faber, A.L. Kennedy, Audrey Niffenegger, Lionel Shriver, Jan Morris, Jeanette Winterson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Joseph Boyden, Panos Karnezis, Jonathan Lethem, Graham Roumieu, M.G. Vassanji and Neil Gaiman.

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

Despite the contributor list reading like a Who's Who of my bookcase, this just wasn't that good. It wasn't bad--many of the stories were enjoyable--but the bulk ends up being forgettable. Several ... Read full review

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Love Letters can be addressed to people, to places or to ideas, they can contain romance, happiness, bitterness or any other sentiment, they can also be funny, sad, moving or a everything at once ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Joshua Knelman is an award-winning writer and editor, and a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail newspaper. He is the author of Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art. He lives in Toronto.

Rosalind Porter is Associate Editor at Granta magazine. She lives in London.

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