The Lost Letters of William Woolf

The Lost Letters of William Woolf

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"Enchanting, intriguing, deeply moving. The Lost Letters of William Woolf concerns itself as much with lost love as it does with lost letters."

--Irish Times


Lost letters have only one hope for survival...

Inside the walls of the Dead Letters Depot, letter detectives work to solve mysteries. They study missing zip codes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names--all the many twists of fate behind missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills, unanswered prayers. Their mission is to unite lost mail with its intended recipients.

But when letters arrive addressed simply to "My Great Love," longtime letter detective William Woolf faces his greatest mystery to date. Written by a woman to the soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives capture William's heart in ways he didn't know possible. Soon, he finds himself torn between the realities of his own marriage and his world of letters, and his quest to follow the clues becomes a life-changing journey of love, hope, and courage.

From Irish author Helen Cullen, The Lost Letters of William Woolf is an enchanting novel about the resilience of the human heart and the complex ideas we hold about love--and a passionate ode to the art of letter writing.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Graydon House, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781525892080
Branch Call Number: FIC Culle
Characteristics: 334 pages


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May 25, 2019

This debut novel by Helen Cullen shines a spotlight on the value of communication, especially via letter. William's work at the Depot is fascinating and I loved the letters that he would open while doing his job. Somewhat reminiscent of the Hallmark Channel "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." In the process of finding the recipient of letters, emotional moments are a fringe benefit. William's idea to write a book highlighting letters found and delivered would indeed be a delightful read. This novel got somewhat bogged down on the story of Clare and William. While the marriage breakdown was a crucial piece of the plot, it really slowed the narrative at times. I do believe this would be a suitable book group selection as there is much to consider regarding life and love. Some might be frustrated with the ending, however.

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