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Epistolary Novels That Will Make You Miss Writing Long Letters (Or Emails)

Epistolary Novels That Will Make You Miss Writing Long Letters (Or Emails)

There is something incredibly intimate and comforting about stumbling on reading an epistolary novel. Simply put, epistolary novels are books written in the form of diary entries, records, documents, newspaper clippings, letters–and in this modern day time–emails. These kinds of novels give you more than just access to a first person’s point of view, but it puts emphasis on the character’s personal experiences: it is as if you are seeing the story of the fictional people living in the book as it unfolds.

Here are some epistolary novels that will make you miss writing lengthy love letters (or emails) to your loved ones.


Take Me With You When You Go by David Levithan, Jennifer Niven

David Levithan and Jennifer Niven’s Take Me with You When You Go tells the story of an 18-year-old who flees a house full of abuse leaving her 15-year-old brother behind. Told exclusively through a series of email exchanges, Bea and Ezra grapple for survival—running away only to find themselves and each other, in this unforgettable story of resilience and hope.

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The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating as he is caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. Through The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.


On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. The letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years. 


The Color Purple by Alice Walker 

Alice Walker’s iconic modern classic and Pulitzer Prize winner, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker's epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love. 


Dracula by Bram Stoker 

Bram Stoker's classic novel of suspense and horror was a bestseller in Britain when it was published in 1897. Dracula chronicles the vampire's journey from Transylvania to the nighttime streets of London. There, he searches for the blood of strong men and beautiful women while his enemies plot to rid the world of his frightful power. Literary critics have examined many themes in the novel, such as the role of women in Victorian culture, conventional and conservative sexuality, immigration, colonialism, postcolonialism and folklore.


A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.


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