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Waiting on Wednesday – Letters to a Friend

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Letters to a Friend

Diana Athill

Publication Date: April 16, 2012

I’m not usually a fan of collections of letters, because letters so often contain too much mundane detail, of little interest to anyone but the author and the recipient. And because they aren’t always carefully crafted, and might not be worth publishing, but are only there to fill out the collection. HOWEVER, I will make an exception for this collection of letters written by Diana Athill, probably because I wish it were her next memoir instead. Somewhere Towards the End was so good!
Read an excerpt from the U.K. edition of the collection, titled Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend, here in the Telegraph. (I was reminded by Wikipedia just now that Diana Athill’s first memoir was titled Instead of a Letter, but the American publisher must have decided we wouldn’t get the reference, and shortened the title to Letters to a Friend.)


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