Dear Friend: Epistolary Novels


Dear Exile : The True Story Of Two Friends Separated (For A Year) By An Ocean by Hilary LiftinOn my recent vacation, I sat by the ocean reading Dear Exile: The True Story of Two Friends Separated (For a Year) by an Ocean by Hilary Liftin. Hilary and Kate are best friends who decide to write letters back and forth while Kate serves in the Peace Corps. I loved delving into their letters and the women reminded me of my best friends.

Epistolary novels have been around for many centuries. One of the more famous novels in this form is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although written letters seem to be dying out, many authors are still using this popular format for novels today.

Here are a few of my favorites:


Author Bio:

Stephanie C loves sending letters to her friends. She thinks coming home to a letter in the mailbox from a good friend is a perfect way to end the day.


Epistolary novels

One of my favorites these days -- though not a novel -- is 84 Charing Cross Road. It's letters between the writer Helene hanff and a bookseller in London. The very reserved bookseller gradually becomes a friend. This one is a novel: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It's about a "book club" (not really a book club) on a British island occupied by the Germans during WWII. I loved these two as a kid and still do (except for the prejudice I now see in some of the letters): Dear Enemy and Daddy Long-Legs, both by Jean Webster. They're about an orphanage and the love that blossoms there.

The Guernsey Literary and

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is on my list of books to read for the summer!

The ultimate epistolary novel

Great post, Stephanie! It reminded me of Nick Bantock's "Griffin and Sabine" books, in which each page contains a beautifully illustrated folded letter or postcard from one of the two characters to the other.  -Chris G.

Thanks for the

Thanks for the recommendation! I just added Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence to my Bookbag!

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