Thursday, July 11, 2013

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

As you might have guessed from yesterday's review, I love epistolary novels, or those written in the form of a series of letters.

In the case of Attachments, the letters are e-mails between Beth and Jennifer, coworkers at a newspaper.  They gossip throughout the day, sharing the intimate secrets of their lives in witty missives.

The year is 1999, and the newspaper has only recently given its employees access to the internet -- and Lincoln has been hired to monitor the internet use of all the employees.  He works through the night, flagging inappropriate e-mails and sending their senders warnings.

Lincoln finds himself entertained by the e-mails of Jennifer and Beth, and can't bring himself to crack down on them.  Before he knows it, he's been reading their e-mails for months, and he may even be falling in love with them.

Rowell perfectly captures of the tone of the e-mails between close friends, and her depiction of the late nineties will recognizable to anyone who lived through them. This novel, while intended for adults, definitely has crossover teen appeal, and Rowell's next novel Eleanor and Park has been published for teens.

Readers may enjoy other lighthearted epistolary novels, such as Feeling Sorry for Celia by Jaclyn Moriarty, Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, or The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  (The last is a bit more serious, but still has its comic moments).

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