An extraordinary literary work, Dear Mr. You renders the singular arc of a woman’s life through letters Mary-Louise Parker composes to the men, real and hypothetical, who have informed the person she is today. Beginning with the grandfather she never knew, the letters range from a missive to the beloved priest from her childhood to remembrances of former lovers to an homage to a firefighter she encountered to a heartfelt communication with the uncle of the infant daughter she adopted. Readers will be amazed by the depth and style of these letters, which reveal the complexity and power to be found in relationships both loving and fraught.
My Rating: 3.5/5
Hmmm… this book was not quite what I was expecting. I kind of went in to it thinking it would be a little more comical than it actually was. None the less, it was still a good book. Just took a minute to readjust my mood towards it. Now reading the synopsis on GR might not lead you to think this book may be funny, but on the book itself with words like “gut-wrenching” and “hilarious book” you can probably see where I got confused. Also being I like her as an actress, I got the humor thing from that as well.
But this book wasn’t a complete fail in the funny department. For example:
Pg. 102 – “I wanted to kick you in the shins and make you banana bread”
Pg. 223 – “Oysters are trannies”
That one had me dying! And that’s the tune I thought this whole book was going to play.
Other than that slight disappointment, it was a very well written book. Very emotional and private and a great glimpse into an wonderful actress’ personal life.
One last thing: I would love to thank her or whoever’s decision this was – as beautiful as you are Mary Louise Parker, thank you from the bottom of my heart for not slapping your celebritorious mug across the cover.
Happy reading! xo