Thursday, April 10, 2008

"The Letter Opener" Kyo Maclear

Naiko is a Japanese-Irish Canadian who works in the Undeliverable Mail Office at Canada Post. She's used to sorting through piles of undeliverable mail and trying to re-unite them with their often elusive owners, however she's unprepared for when her good friend and fellow employee Andrei disappears. Naiko proceeds to try to find her friend, to piece together the puzzles of both his life and the circumstances of his disappearance.

Along the way Naiko struggles to navigate the somewhat rocky relationships that she has with her sister, her boyfriend Paolo, and her distant father. She also tries to come to terms with her mother's declining health as she lives in a nearby nursing home and quietly fights her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

One critic described this book as "lyrical" and I wholeheartedly agree: The words are masterfully chosen. In this way the book was reminiscent of a fine book of poetry or a beautiful painting- every word is deliberate. The result was a touching book, something that you want to read slowly to take it all in, as the pieces all fit together so delicately. I loved this book, and as this was Kyo Maclear's debut novel, I hope to see more from her in the future!

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