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The Letters by Luanne Rice
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This novel was a series of searching, intimate letters of an
estranged husband and wife. They are dealing with the death of
their adult son several years previously very poorly. The letters
are written when the husband goes to Alaska and travels by dog
sled (interesting info on how that works) to the site of the plane
crash. The wife is spending the winter at a cottage off the coast
of Maine. My favorite part is how the husband dares to initiate
the correspondence and the wife eventually responds with her letters.
It's a good reminder that sometimes things can be written that are
too hard to say. People grieving are no doubt very repetitious, but
it made for some 'dull' reading. There was an interesting observation
from Martha (dog sled guide): Martha said she has come to believe every
person alive is part snake, and she contends people have to shed their
skin as surely as a snake does in order to grow. She said you can never tell when a person needs to molt. Some do it early on, some late.
Some do it a couple of times during a life, but she says everyone will
do it at least once. AND from the wife: Remember when we were together,
what a chore it was to get me to go out? I never saw the point of going
to parties, or the movies, or the repertory theater when I could just be
home alone with you. AND from the husband: I'm hoping...that Christmas
is bringing all its sweetness to you. I remember how you love this
season, and how you kept Christmas well, as Dickens said of Scrooge,
and how your painter's sensibility wrings all the beauty out of the light and fragrance and makes it a gift to those around you.









































































































































































































































































































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