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Subject: Dear Everybody by Michael Kimball
Date Posted: 7/18/2010 12:41 AM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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Has anyone read this book?  I started it Thursday and finished it Friday night.  It was so unusual.  It's a novel, though not a typical novel.

The main character has commited suicide.  His brother who he was estranged goes through his things and finds letters the lead character wrote to "everybody" before he died.  He decides to seek answers and makes a compilation of the letters in chronological order with entries from his mother's diary and conversations he has with his father after the suicide.

It makes for a compelling read.  As I said it is unusual.  I would not say it is a story per se.  I found myself feeling like I had known the lead character, maybe worked with him, or was his neighbor, a distant cousin perhaps.  And, I'm reading these letters and journal entries trying to sort out my feelings about his death.

An excellent book!  I like something different every now and then.

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/18/2010 11:32 AM ET
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that sounds like a good one.  Thanks for the book report.  I wish we did that more on this web site.  Book reports, that is. 

Date Posted: 7/18/2010 4:23 PM ET
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Marilyn, sometimes these different approaches fall flat especially when they don't take the format of a continuous story.  But, I found this one worked very well.

Pamela, every now and then you read a book that you just have to share :D