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The Letter Opener

by Kyo Maclear

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | January 17, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.88 in

Published: January 17, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002008947

ISBN - 13: 9780002008945

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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The Letter Opener

The Letter Opener

by Kyo Maclear

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 8 × 5.3 × 0.88 in

Published: January 17, 2008

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0002008947

ISBN - 13: 9780002008945

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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.

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.