An anymous love letter arrives in Helen MacFarquhar's mail one summer morning. Written by an unkwn lover to a mysterious beloved, the letter becomes Helen's obsession. The proprietress of a bookstore in a quaint New England town, Helen is content with her calm, controlled world, running her life like a well-oiled machine. A merry divorcee with a bright, lovable 11-year-old daughter, she has settled happily into a sensible daily routine of selling books, motherhood, and charming the local townsfolk. How do you fall in love? the letter asks. To her dismay, Helen finds out. Johnny is the college student who works in Helen's bookstore, a boy with all the irresistible modesty and arrogance of youth. Helen kws she is too old for him, and too wise, but the letter's ardor is overpowering and Helen is swept up in an unlikely, but fiercely tender love affair. The Love Letter was a national bestseller appearing on Newsday, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and Village Voice Literary Supplement lists. Published in highly successful hardcover and mass market editions, this classic 1995 vel is being converted to trade paperback to reach the true audience for literary fiction. Plume edition of Cathleen Schine's previous vel, Rameau's Niece, continues to sell over 400 copies per month. Schine is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Mirabella, and other publications.
Cathleen Schine is the bestselling author of Rameau's Niece and The Evolution of Jane. Her novel The New Yorkers was published by FSG in May 2007. She lives in New York City.