Waiting on Wednesday – Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Posted 21 August, 2013 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Meme, Waiting on Wednesday / 22 Comments

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Expected publication: April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

What a cute cover! 

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because she thought he’d understand since he died young just like her sister, May, did. Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people—Janis Joplin, Amy Winhouse, Ameilia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more—although she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about what it’s like going to a new school, meeting new friends, falling in love for the first time, how her family splinters apart after May dies. She even writes about the abuse she suffered—while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May, and to see her as the person she was: lovely and amazing and deeply flawed.

Trained as a poet at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Ava Dellaira brings a lyrical, haunting beauty to her prose.

Oh this one sounds so amazing! I’m sure this is a moving and touching story I know I will be excited to read once it comes out! Oh and I will be prepared for lots of heartbreak and heavy tears! 

 

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22 Responses to “Waiting on Wednesday – Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira”

  1. This definitely sounds like it’s going to be an emotional read Danny! I’ll have to be in the right mood for it for sure, but it seems like it will be beautiful and heartbreaking, especially with the mention of abuse. *bites nails* Fantastic choice!

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  2. I haven’t seen this one around yet, but I’m glad that you’re sharing it. This sounds like it will be a heartbreaking story, but one that needs to be read. I will be checking it out once it comes out. Despite its subject matter, there is something about this one that is making me really want to read it.
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  3. Oh, what an interesting concept! The “letters to” or “diary” thing not a technique I always love, but when it’s done right (like in Jessi Kirby’s GOLDEN, for example), it can be a very effective story-telling technique. It sounds like it could work really well here, if the letters serve to illuminate the protagonist’s life in some way.

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