LUANNE RICE AND JOSEPH MONNINGER
September 23, 2008
Bantam Books (Imprint of Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
$22.00 U.S./$25.00 Canada
Rating: 3 Cups
Hadley West does not think she can go on after the death of her son, Paul. She and her husband, Sam, seem to be drifting apart. While she sets out to be alone at the coast of Maine, Sam heads to the cabin in Alaska to try to cope with the tragic event their lives have spun them.
Sam West never knew how heartbreaking it was to lose a child until it happened to him. Unable to reach out to his wife, Hadley, he sets out for Alaska to try to find some solace and the place where Paul died. He thought it would drive a wedge between him and Hadley, but he discovers much more.
Hadley and Sam had a wonderful marriage and a son they adored, until Paul dies, and everything shifts in their relationship. Both seek answers. While Alaska is vast, lonely and even haunting, Sam chooses to go to the cabin. He hopes the separation will mend their marriage. While Hadley heads to Maine, she pens letters to Sam, recalling events in their life and the days spent at the cabin. Sam answers back, tracing their days together, and how Paul was important to them. While trying to come to terms with the death of Paul, can cross-country letters mend their marriage and help them find the solace they need?
The Letters is a moving tale of two loving people who suffer deep torment after losing a child. I found their correspondence moving in the way each reflect on the little things that drew them together. While Sam and Hadley are believable as parents trying to accept the death of a child, I found their communication powerful as their words practically touch the soul of each other. Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger craft a heart moving read, combining letters of the heart that have a way of acting like medicine for each other. For anyone who has lost a child, or anyone they love, this book has a way of showing how people can survive, if they only take the time to remember.
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