The Mailbox by Marybeth Whalen (David C. Cook, June 1, 2010), 320 pages
Lindsay Adams has been visiting the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, North Carolina, since her teens. She’s shared more of her life — the good and the bad — with this unknown person than with anyone else. As she goes back to Sunset Beach this summer, though, she’s struggling with how to put all the pain on paper.
Really a great book, especially for a debut novel. Love it!
This book is notable, I think, for its treatment of divorced protagonists. This is still pretty rare in Christian fiction, and I feel Whalen handled the subject matter — and the characters — well.
One small thing I like about this book is its celebration of letter writing and journaling. I’m not good at these practices, either, but that doesn’t mean I don’t admire the practices!
The Mailbox is a sad story, but it’s mostly about healing, recovery, choosing to trust (or not). It’s a book that feels deeply. This book deserves more attention than it’s received.
About the author
Marybeth Whalen (@MarybethWhalen) has written several books of nonfiction. The Mailbox is her debut novel. Her next novel, She Makes It Look Easy, is due out in June 2011. She and her husband, Curt, have six children and live in North Carolina.
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