The Letter Opener: A Novel

by Kyo MacLear

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | February 8, 2007 | Hardcover

The Letter Opener: A Novel is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.

It is 1989 and Naiko is working in the Undeliverable MailOffice, a cavernous space that resembles a giant, congested pawnshop. Immersedin things lost and missing, she searches for clues to match undeliverable mailwith addresses, a job that allows her to achieve a semblance of order in adisorderly world. It is a shock, then, when Naiko''s co-worker Andrei, anenigmatic Romanian refugee who has become the unlikely object of Naiko''sfascination, suddenly vanishes.

As the novel reveals itself in exquisitely wrought layers thatdrift through time from the Second World War to the fall of communism, Andrei''sstory of his past life in communist Romania becomes an opaque reflection ofNaiko''s own existence, and objects-from the pens hoarded by Naiko''s motherin her retirement home to the personal effects of Jewish women that Andrei''sgrandmother sorts through at Birkenau-become touchstones for memories andmeaning, loss and love. A luminous debut novel from a rising talent of the newgeneration of Canadian writers,The Letter Openeris a compelling work ofliterary fiction that glows with truth.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.47 × 2.48 × 0.44 in

Published: February 8, 2007

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002006073

ISBN - 13: 9780002006071

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good First Novel The Letter Opener is a first novel by Canadian writer Kyo Maclear. The story revolves around a woman who works in the lost letter department of the post office. Her Romanian immigrant friend, Andrei, suddenly disappears and doesn’t show up at work. Though flashbacks, we learn about Andrei’s story that he has shared over the ten months with Naiko to understand why he has left so suddenly. I found the book to be well written and the story of Andrei’s life was interesting. I was left wanting though as I didn’t feel the story had a satisfying end. It was a good first novel for a writer and I will check out this author in the future as I anticipate her novels to mature.
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why we can't let missing friends stay missing Much of this novel is set in the 'Undeliverable Mail Office' of Canada Post in the Toronto, Ontario area. Naiko has become friends with Andrei, an immigrant from Romania, who sits at the next work station. A few months prior to the fall of the Romanian government, Andrei disappears. Throughout the course of the book we are teased with tidbits about both Naiko's and Andrei's lives. I found myself identifying with her. She is a regular person with a typical life. She works, she goes home, visits her mother etc. When her friend is missing she has to come to an understanding of why. Much as she would investigate a lost piece of mail, she reviews and researches Andrei's life. Even when I re-read this book, I was still saddened as Naiko comes to accept that Andrei hadn't told her all his secrets and that he was gone for good. If you have ever lost a friend you will find this story pulling at your heart strings. I would highly recommend this novel as a 'Book Club' read. I hope to see further novels by Kyo Maclear in the near future. This book is a nominee for the 2008 Evergreen Awards.
Date published: 2008-07-21

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The Letter Opener: A Novel

by Kyo MacLear

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.47 × 2.48 × 0.44 in

Published: February 8, 2007

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002006073

ISBN - 13: 9780002006071

From the Publisher

It is 1989 and Naiko is working in the Undeliverable MailOffice, a cavernous space that resembles a giant, congested pawnshop. Immersedin things lost and missing, she searches for clues to match undeliverable mailwith addresses, a job that allows her to achieve a semblance of order in adisorderly world. It is a shock, then, when Naiko''s co-worker Andrei, anenigmatic Romanian refugee who has become the unlikely object of Naiko''sfascination, suddenly vanishes.

As the novel reveals itself in exquisitely wrought layers thatdrift through time from the Second World War to the fall of communism, Andrei''sstory of his past life in communist Romania becomes an opaque reflection ofNaiko''s own existence, and objects-from the pens hoarded by Naiko''s motherin her retirement home to the personal effects of Jewish women that Andrei''sgrandmother sorts through at Birkenau-become touchstones for memories andmeaning, loss and love. A luminous debut novel from a rising talent of the newgeneration of Canadian writers,The Letter Openeris a compelling work ofliterary fiction that glows with truth.

About the Author

KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. WhileStray Loveis entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel,The Letter Opener(2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children''s books:Spork(2010) andVirginia Wolf(2012). Visit her online atwww.kyomaclear.ca.

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