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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439226369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439226360
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,298,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A woman cares for her dying mother and learns about long-buried family history in this absorbing drama. Mary McDougal is on the brink of making partner at her Manhattan accounting firm when she learns that her 77-year-old mother Maggie has been stricken with pancreatic cancer and has just a few months to live. Mary is grief-stricken, but she struggles to cope with Maggie's disease in the calmly therapeutic manner that the medical establishment prescribes for the end of life. She prevails upon the prickly Maggie to move into her apartment, where she buckles down to helping her strong-willed mother through pain, forgetfulness and a terrifying physical decline. There are clashes, misunderstandings and tears, but mother and daughter also grow closer through their shared ordeal as they take stock of their life together and Maggie starts to tell stories about Mary's father Jimmy, who never returned from World War II. (Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the two women, the Army has discovered a 60-year-old letter from Jimmy to Maggie and is trying, with all the ponderous determination of military bureaucracy, to deliver it to her.) Mulligan tells this tale with sensitivity and skill, and the domestic scenes with Mary and Maggie have a quiet, subtle realism that finely evokes the anguish and solace that families take from the experience of dying. Woven through their present-day trials as a counterpoint is the happy narrative of Maggie's wartime romance with Jimmy. To the author's credit, this subplot is a vivid recreation of a working-class Irish neighborhood in the Bronx, full of hardship but also hope, as Maggie and Jimmy make plans for the future. (In yet another register, Mulligan renders Jimmy's experience of the Battle of the Bulge with terrifying immediacy.) Writing with a wonderfully evocative prose style, Mulligan takes his characters through sorrow to a luminous redemption. A moving saga of love and remembrance -- Kirkus Discoveries

A truly moving story about the last letter a World War II soldier writes to his wife, which is inadvertently lost in the mail and discovered sixty years later. It is delivered to his widow as she lies dying of cancer. This story was especially nostalgic to me as someone who grew up during those war years, with a father in the army. I felt empathy, too, for the caretaker daughter, since I too cared for two loved ones who died in similar circumstances. The widowed Maggie raises her daughter by herself and never remarries. The daughter, Mary, becomes a successful business woman. When Maggie nears her last weeks of life, Mary takes a leave of absence and brings her mother to her own home with home hospice care so that her last days will have her surrounded by some of her own things and Mary can always be with her. With an intriguing cover, the book is well set-up and may very well be based on a true story. "...the author's efforts showed great imagination and a knack for following a story down through the years." I liked the story a lot. It took me back in time and brought me to tears at the end. --Reviewed by Lola R. Eagle, author and poet ,Reading New Mexico

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Romantic Times Book Reviews
RT Rating: 4½ Stars
Category: MAINSTREAM FICTION
Publisher: BOOKSURGE
Published: March 2009
Type: Mainstream Fiction

Mulligan's stunning debut is impossible to put down. Using a series of flashbacks, it tells a beautiful love story and builds to a dramatic conclusion that touches the heart and soul.

Summary: When Mary's mother, Maggie, reveals that she has cancer and only a short time to live, Mary helps her prepare for her last days. During this time, she learns much about her father, who died before she was born.

Jimmy loved Maggie since first grade. It was natural for them to get married before he shipped out, and he prayed their wedding night would result in a baby. He gives his last letter for his beloved wife to his CO, but it doesn't surface again for 60 years. Will it reach Maggie in time? (BOOKSURGE, Mar., 380 pp., $16.99)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah J. Thoreen on July 24, 2010
This is one of the worst novels I have ever read. It is very poorly edited, with numerous plot mistakes and grammar errors.

I could not even finish reading it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Oboe Mom on February 9, 2010
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I eagerly anticipated reading this book based on its reviews by Amazon readers, but the best I can say about it is that it was a quick read that I was able to finish. The premise of the story was very good. The parts of the book dealing with Jimmy and the Battle of the Bulge were well written and the back and forth between wartime and present time made the book more interesting...but everything else was not written or edited well at all. As another reviewer stated, the writing was simplistic and one never got to know any of the characters very well. The letter being delivered just before Maggie's death was too sensationalistic. To have the same rating as "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett is terribly misleading as "Lost Letter" is definitely not on par with that great read. Do yourself a favor and read "The Help" instead.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Anderson on January 8, 2010
"Lost Letter" had the potential for being a great book. Unfortunately the author failed in his chance to make it one. The plot of the book is at once heart-wrenching and suspenseful as the reader waits to discover whether Mary's mother will receive the letter before her death. My criticism is in the writer's style. His writing is very simplistic since he writes in very short sentences, almost like "sound bites". This style does not allow for adequate character development or a chance for the reader to feel a part of the story. My fifth grade grandson, who has read all of the Harry Potter books, could easily read this book. However I think he also would be bored by the story's presentation. In short, I eagerly looked forward to reading this Christmas present and was very disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melissa L. Balder on June 14, 2009
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved how the author combined the past and the present. I found the ending to be touching and hopeful. A wonderful love story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Conrad on May 27, 2009
Great read!! Read it in less than 24 hours as I had to find out what would happen next. Very easy to relate to the love,troubles and reality of life. It flowed effortlessly through the lives of the characters and vividly illustrated the great power of love. Look forward to the next book!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Goodbook Junkie on June 12, 2009
If you have or had a loved one who experienced a jouney with cancer, this book will show you a caregivers perspective in a powerful way. In this case, a daughter's way of "getting through it".

This is a touching account! Lost Letter does a good job of telling individual stories and how each are intertwined over time, from the greatest generation dealing with the reality of WWII, to modern day. I enjoyed the characters and could easily relate to them as regular people put into irregular circumstances.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cbrown on October 5, 2011
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I recommended this book for my book club and I was reminded (by the group) that it is best to read a book before recommending it. I based my recommendation on the reviews I read online. That's all I can figure is that Mr. Mulligan "stuffed the ballot box" by asking friends to write reviews -- because in my estimation, the book does not warrant all the praise. The writing is just ..... lacking. There was not enough depth to the characters. Probably my biggest complaint was the dialogue -- very stilted and basic. Ex. p. 342 at the emotional climax of the battle, "Walking over to the captain, he handed over the letter he had removed from Jimmy's pocket and asked, 'Will you be sure this gets delivered to his wife?' 'I will,' he answered. Timmy walked back to his foxhole."

Another thing that I wasn't sure if it had some deeper meaning... the mother went from being referred to as "Maggie" then suddenly changed to "Mrs. McDougal" or "Mary's mom" later in the book. Also, somewhat contrived that the lost letter makes its way to Maggie's deathbed, just before she dies.

It was embarrassing that I recommended this when there are so many really good books to read. One bright spot was that one of the women in my book club said that she feels like she is advancing in her ability to discern good writing from bad!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill wood on April 18, 2009
I loved reading this book. It reminded me of dealing with my fathers death from cancer and the problems we faced. The feelings she dealt with were very true to life. When reading the book you feel like you are there in the 1940's during the war. Very well written! I highly recomend this book.
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