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 absolutely loved this book. Such a truly creative narrative. After reading it, I can't help but think of all of my own Mr. You's. I laughed, I cried and I was truly moved. Wonderful narration as well.
I'm struggling to find the words to properly describe the quiet and remarkable beauty of this book. Gorgeously written, it moved me and made me laugh and cry, sometimes in the same moment. Most of all, though, each clearly carefully chosen word resonated in its raw authenticity. It is poetry about the beautiful melee of life. Read it immediately.
I saw a little bit of me in every Dear Mr. You. Thank You for sharing Life, in honest poetic language, how else could we communicate.
I loved hearing Mary-Louise Parker read her letters. I felt like she was reading to me and enjoyed that.
Some on her letters really pull you in and you can imagine what she was feeling.
She was dramatic in her reading of the letters which made them more emotional, funny or strange.
Sure. I got through it rather quickly.
Narration by the author is always a winner, but Parker's storytelling is so so much more. She has a true gift for speaking to the reader and crafting a story.
The last scenes with her father were particularly powerful without being saccharine.
Perhaps Cerberus, surprisingly. The story is told emotionally raw but completely devoid of apologies or pity, almost as if the author dug into the wound again and again to make sure the reader had a true understanding of the journey beginning middle and end.
I mourned the loss of this book after the last line.
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