Dear Goldie Hawn, Dear Leonard Cohen
After suffering a devastating loss, Claudia writes letters to family and friends, the famous and the infamous, as a means to explore the events in her own life and find meaning in human connections.
In this third memoir by Claudia Sternbach, she once again knits together fragments — this time using letters written to the likes of Goldie Hawn, Leonard Cohen, Vermeer, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and more — to shape a story of a woman attempting to make sense of the life she is living and those who have been a part of it — knowingly or not.
Her letters show us that we are all connected even by the thinnest of threads, that exploring those connections helps give shape and understanding to our past, and shines a light on what the future may hold.
In a time where emails are thought of as too time-consuming, and text messages seem to be our main way of communicating, Sternbach reminds us that the art of letter writing should not be tossed aside so quickly.
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J Dark –
“… a memoir, and yet more. It is at times a raw open wound, then happy memories centered around someone who had an impact in her life, and then a step into her own experiences from meeting someone or a reminiscence of someone who is gone, but definitely not forgotten. These letters are both engaging and thought-provoking. I recommend this book.”
J Dark, author of Best Intentions
Kirkus Reviews –
“… with memoiristic fan letters sitting uneasily beside mournful missives … the sneaky way the work builds toward its moment of catharsis is all the more potent. A powerful, idiosyncratic account that uses letters as a microscope for grief.”