A wonderfully unconventional literary debut from the award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker.
An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman's life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Listeners will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.
©2015 Mary-Louise Parker (P)2015 Simon & Schuster Audio
This book was like a long weekend away at an Inne with an old ms dearest of friends as she reminisced about her dad, her family and long lost loves - I listened in my car via Audible and feel that the book became 'alive' to me because Mary Louise read the letters to me. As the memory keeper in my family it made me long to write my own stories - to tell our learnings and to share that which I have evolved to comprehend and discern into prose. This book is a promise kept. This is a book about promises to come. This is a book that lingers with my soul and intertwined and wraps my heart with genuine wath. As the harmonica closes out the story a smile will form on your face. I feel so special to have had but a glimpse into the soul of a fellow sojourner .
We have all loved, we have all regretted, we have all reconciled and all lost in the name of relationships. From the wreck less abandonment of new love to the poetry of commitment told they the eyes of her mom and dad - Mary Louise gives a poignant performance worthy of praise. Well done Mary Louise- you've made a difference in me and I will cherish your book. Thank you very much for scribing the etchings of your heart!
A rare mix of candor, insight, and a masterful command of English. Kudos to Parker.
...or better yet, listen on audio. Its awesome! A review cannot do it justice. entertaining, respectful, deep and genuine,,,!
This book is raw, honest, intelligent and so beautifully written. This is by far my favorite audible book! Mary- Louise Parker is immensely talented writer.
I'll admit to being a fanboy of Ms. Parker long before Weeds. At least back to Fried Green Tomatoes and that's 25 years ago! So even though I'm just about done with my celebrity autobiography binge, I had to get this one. And I'm glad I did. Of course, she narrates it herself. So one at least gets the impression they really are meeting Mary-Louise.
The book is setup as a collection of letters to men in her life. I'm guessing NOT every man in her life. But this book definitely gets me thinking - "If I had met her at some point in her life, would I be in this book?" I'm egotistical enough to think maybe. Probably not. Unless ...
Her experiences are so rich as to be almost incomprehensible, especially to one who has never spent any time in New York City or in the movie industry. However, her story is abstract yet poetic, deeply moving, and genuine toward the end. You just have to get past a seemingly endless string of meaningless sexual encounters with crazy, abusive, misogynistic men to reach the real story of an authentic woman who had real emotional encounters and deep love interests, most markedly those with her family, which were so moving. Her theory about the suffering of PTSD and causal issues passed genetically was very interesting. Her near-death was so riveting as was her friend's commitment to be her emergency conact. Only those of us hundeds of miles from our loving famiy can know the relief that brought! Great book, really. Especially the last quarter of it.
Wonderful. Ms. Parker's stories and reading was superb. You can feel the thrills and anguish of the moments in her life, but never once did she sully herself even in the telling of the stories we often save as private.
Beautiful writing and interesting structure. I've loved watching Ms. Parker on the stage and TV (Weeds) but had no idea she was such a talented writer. Hope she follows her father's advice and keeps writing. The NY Times gave her memoir a good review but I was still doubtful. No more, I will learn to be more trusting. And her performance reading the book is equally wonderful.
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