Dear Mr. You

By Mary-Louise Parker

4 out of 5 stars

This book has quite an interesting concept. It’s a series of letters to different men that have impacted the author’s life in some way. Be it a huge way or just a subtle meeting that has left some kind of trace on her mind, they are all merit a story. She never really names names and though I found her stories of sexual or love relationships interesting, it was the letters to other people that really got to me. The letter to the oyster picker was extremely poignant. It was her father’s last meal and how she relates the picker’s every day life to something so important was really heartwrenching. Her love for her father really resonates off the page. I can really relate to that.  I also loved the letter to her daughter’s future man. That had me in tears. Another letter I loved was to her neighbor. How I want him for my neighbor too! I found the joy she took in the little things very touching and something we all should be doing. It definitely has her trademark quirkiness (I still see her holding that iced coffee on Weeds) but there is a whole lot more to her than what we have seen in the movies or on television. I found it hard to put down. I think there are a few of these letters that I need to sit and reread. If you are looking for something different, this is definitely a good place to turn.

I happily received a copy of the ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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