Stories told via letters, diaries, or journals.

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The White Tiger: A Novel
Aravind Adiga

ADIGA

Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Over the course of seven nights, by the scattered light of a preposterous chandelier, Balram tells the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life—having nothing but his own wits to help him along.


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Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions
Steve Almond,Julianna Baggott

ALMOND

Two rambunctious, romantic flameouts. One boring wedding. One heated embrace in a quiet coatroom. When they manage to pull back, it occurs to them that they might start this whole thing over properly. They might try getting to know one another first, through letters.


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Girls of Riyadh: A Novel
Rajaa Alsanea

ALSANEA

The tale of four young women university students from Riyadh follows their struggles to navigate the precarious paths between desire, fulfillment, and Islamic tradition while witnessing the ways in which the Arab world is being changed by new economic and political realities.


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Letters from Skye: A Novel
Jessica Brockmole

BROCKMOLE

A love story told in letters spans two world wars and follows the correspondence between a poet on the Scottish Isle of Skye and an American volunteer ambulance driver for the French Army, an affair that is discovered years later when the poet disappears.


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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel
Mark Haddon

HADDON

Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic, fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.


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I'll Be Seeing You
Suzanne Hayes,Loretta Nyhan

HAYES

With their husbands away fighting in the war in January 1943, Rita Vincenzo and Glory Whitehall have only their cross-country correspondence to keep them going.


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Homeland: A Novel
Barbara Hambly

HAMBLY

Exchanging letters throughout the devastation of the American Civil War, southerner Susanna Ashford and northerner Cora Poole share their thoughts about their husbands’ military service, literature, and the prospects of nineteenth-century women.


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Emily Hudson: A Novel
Melissa Jones

JONES

After the start of the Civil War, orphaned Emily Hudson must go to live in Newport, Rhode Island with her puritanical uncle, who attempts to marry her off, only to have Emily journey to London with her cousin, William, who soon becomes her controlling patron.


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Flowers for Algernon
Daniel Keyes

CLASSIC KEYES

When brain surgery makes a mouse into a genius, intellectually disabled Charlie Gordon wonders if it might also work for him.


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The Lacuna: A Novel
Barbara Kingsolver

KINGSOLVER

Harrison William Shepherd, a highly observant writer, is caught between two worlds—in Mexico, working for communists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and later in America, where he is caught up in the patriotism of World War II.


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The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Reif Larsen

LARSEN

When twelve-year-old cartography genius T.S. Spivet receives a prestigious award, he leaves his quiet ranch home in Montana for Washington, D.C., and he learns more about himself and the world around him on his journey.


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The Butterfly Cabinet: A Novel
Bernie McGill

MCGILL

A proud, uncompromising woman, Harriet’s great passion is collecting butterflies and pinning them under glass; motherhood comes no easier to her than her role as mistress of her remote Irish estate. When her daughter dies, her community is quick to judge her, and Harriet will not stoop to defend herself. But her journals reveal a more complex truth.


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Gilead: A Novel
Marilynne Robinson

ROBINSON

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets.


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The House I Loved
Tatiana de Rosnay

ROSNAY

Determined to protect her historical family home from Emperor Napoleon’s orders to renovate 1860s Paris, Rose Bazelet establishes a defense in the basement of her house on Rue Childebert and records her experiences in letters to her late husband.


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel
Maria Semple

SEMPLE

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.


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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: A Novel
Mary Ann Shaffer,Annie Barrows

SHAFFER

In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.


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I Capture the Castle
Dodie Smith

SMITH

The 1934 journal of seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain reveals her perspective on six stormy months in the eccentric and poverty-stricken life of her family in a ruined Suffolk castle, ending with the revelation that Cassandra is deeply in love.


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The Color Purple
Alice Walker

WALKER

The lives of two sisters—Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a southern woman married to a man she hates—are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.


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The Lawgiver: A Novel
Herman Wouk

WOUK

A tale told through correspondence, articles, and text messages traces the efforts of a group of movie makers, including a brilliant young writer-director who has rejected her rabbinical father’s strict upbringing, to create a movie about the life of Moses.


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