Dear Friend: Epistolary Novels
On 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:
- Rosie Dunne by Cecelia Ahern
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
- The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
- Life on the Refrigerator Door: Notes Between a Mother and a Daughter by Alice Kuipers
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.