Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance

Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance

"Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although not so well as I would like. I want to be there when your eyes flutter open in the morning, and you see me, and you smile. Surely this would be paradise enough?). So I do declare myself to you now, with pen set to paper. I declare it again: I love you."

Is there any communication more potent than the love letter? Is there any charge greater than seeing those words on paper? The editors of this collection decided to ask some of the most important writers of our time to compose a fictional love letter - breathing new life into a forgotten custom, and affording words themselves the power of seduction that they richly deserve. The result is an iridescent picture of what love looks like in the twenty-first century: a collage of methods and moods. Each letter is radically different from the others, and all but one are published for the first time. A perfect gift, this book is also an ingenious showcase for many of our most beloved writers.

Love: a vague word for an emotion so ethereal it's not always possible to demonstrate. But there still exists an assumption that experiences - and, by extension, the emotions that experiences evoke - are more resonant when you write them down. And it's that faith, that belief that writing down these naked, shocking, inadvisable and probably destructive feelings make them worthwhile, that powers this collection, each piece of which is a testimony to the creative powers of our leading writers today, and every piece of which will move you.

Title:Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781416569732
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    Four Letter Word: Invented Correspondence from the Edge of Modern Romance Reviews

  • Kinga

    When I saw the list of authors I thought: Surely, I will love this book. Then I read the reviews and remembered I don't particularly like short stories (and imaginary love letters can be treated as su...

  • Emily Pomeroy

    DNF. This was a huge disappointment. I can not get over the absurdity of this book....

  • Brandy

    Despite the contributor list reading like a Who's Who of my bookcase, this just wasn't that good. It wasn't bad--many of the stories were enjoyable--but the bulk ends up being forgettable. Several pie...

  • Mariana Couto Miranda

    everything you need ...

  • Dee

    "That's what days in the hills always do: release miracles, often small, even insignificant, but always memorable." -p.87"What does this story mean? It means nothing except what it says: that it happe...

  • Discoverylover

    I don't usually go in for short stories, mostly because they take so long to read. I like to stop after each story and think about it which limits the amount of reading I can do in say a lunch break! ...

  • Andy

    A collection of modern day love letters from a wide range of great writers. Ranging from the comic, whimsical and outright hilarious to the serious, devoted and tragic they cover a wide variety of lov...

  • Circe

    I don't normally read short story books. I find them hard to get into and sit and read for a long time since each story typically doesn't flow into the next story. I certainly found that true with thi...

  • Sinta Jimenez

    Love stories bore me for the most part, especially the more conventional they are, something strange has to be going on to compel me... and this collection is mostly of that kind. Skip to the Coupland...

  • Jean

    A group of contemporary writers, Audrey Niffenegger among them, were asked to write a love letter however they wanted: fictional or not, current day or not. I enjoyed about half of them, the ones set ...