Instead of a Letter

By Diana Athill
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393338577, 237pp.

Publication Date: June 2010

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Description
As a young woman, Diana Athill was engaged to an air force pilot Instead of a Letter tells how he broke off the engagement, married someone else, and, worst of all, died overseas before she could confront or forgive him. Evoking perfectly the picturesque country setting of her youth, this fearless and profoundly honest story of love and modern womanhood marks the beginning of Athill's brilliant literary career.



About the Author
Diana Athill's "New York Times" bestseller, "Somewhere Towards the End", won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The author of several memoirs, including "Instead of a Letter" and "After a Funeral", she lives in London.



NPR
Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010

As a librarian and a reader, Nancy Pearl scours the shelves in search of hidden treasures -- titles you may have missed. Her findings include two chilling thrillers, one exquisite 1960s memoir, a lively biography of George Orwell, an example of historical fiction at its very best, and much more fiction, nonfiction and poetry. More at NPR.org

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