The Letter Opener

Paperback | February 19, 2008

byKyo Maclear

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Naiko works in the Undeliverable Mail Office where, immersed in things lost and missing, she searches for clues to match undeliverable mail with addresses. Her job allows her to achieve a semblance of order in a disorderly world. It is ashock, then, when Naiko’s co-worker Andrei, an enigmatic Romanian refugee, suddenly vanishes.

This astonishing debut novel unfolds in compelling, delicately wrought layers. Naiko’s shifting understanding of Andrei’s past becomes an opaque reflection of her own existence, and objects—from the pens hoarded by Naiko’s motherin her retirement home to the personal effects of Jewish women that Andrei’s grandmother sorts through at Birkenau—become touchstones for memories and meaning, loss and love.

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Naiko works in the Undeliverable Mail Office where, immersed in things lost and missing, she searches for clues to match undeliverable mail with addresses. Her job allows her to achieve a semblance of order in a disorderly world. It is ashock, then, when Naiko’s co-worker Andrei, an enigmatic Romanian refugee, suddenly vanishes.This astonishing debut novel unfolds in compelling, delicately wrought...

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 a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.88 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002008947

ISBN - 13:9780002008945

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