- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846880556
- ISBN-13: 978-1846880551
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dear Everybody Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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"Thank you for this book. What Jonathon Bender writes in his unsent letters are what each of us longs to say, what all of us have been saying our whole lives, just not out loud.” Stephen Graham Jones, author, Demon Theory
The page-turning urgency of a mystery and the thrilling formal inventiveness of the great epistolary novels. Jonathon Bender's magical letters to the world that never wrote to him are at once whimsical, anguished, funny, utterly engaging and, finally, unforgettable.” Maud Casey, author, Genealogy
"A reader can only embrace the open-armed Dear Everybody . . . In Bender’s unsent letters of apology or thanks, Michael Kimball transforms the familiar into the strange again and the simplest confessions are made moments of sublime wonder. Hold on to this book." Christine Schutt, author, Florida, a National Book Award finalist, and winner of the O. Henry Prize and Pushcart Prize
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I'm a big fan of stories told in this type of manner, and I think it was very effective. The story allows you to see inside the mind of Jonathon and those that knew him, yet never truly gives you the reason behind his death for when it comes to suicide, it's hard to ever get the real answer. Dear Everybody is a quick read, yet very interesting and true to life. This book tells the tale of infidelity, mental illness, and the fact that life is often hard to manage.
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The portrayal of Bender's various struggles with his mental illness are portrayed sensitively and accurately by Kimball. You never feel pity for the character nor do you become disgusted by Bender's decompositions; you only pull for him the way one would pull for any likeable character. This is a brilliant, enjoyable, heartbreaking book and I recommended it highly.