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Friday, May 06, 2011

Air Mail by Naomi Bulger

 Air Mail was sent to me as a review copy by author Naomi Bulger.  Below is the product review from Amazon.


Product Description

Reclusive old Mr. G.L. Solomon's favorite things are single malt whiskey, Steve McQueen movies, and gingersnap cookies. He hates processed cheese, washing detergent commercials, and the way the teacup rattles in the saucer when he picks it up. Solomon has become accustomed to his lonely routine in Sydney, Australia-until the day he begins sporadically receiving letters in his mailbox from a complete stranger. On the other side of the world, Anouk is a mentally delicate young woman living in New York who insists she is being stalked by a fat woman in a pink tracksuit. When Anouk declares to Solomon that she is writing "from the Other Side," the old man breaks away from his daily grind of watching soap operas and reading Fishing World and travels to New York to find her. As he is drawn into Anouk's surreal world of stalkers and storytelling, marbles and cats, purgatory and Plato, Solomon has but one goal-to unravel the mystery before it is too late. " ... A story of mismatched individuals in a world where magic touches the diurnal." -Christine Nagel Literary Services

It is a very short book with some of the mysterious correspondence characteristics of Gryphon and Sabine, but without the wonderful illustrations.  It suffered by comparison.  The characters have potential, but several elements kept me from being able to suspend disbelief or to become truly engaged by either Mr. Solomon or Anouk.

Fiction.  2011.  103 pages.

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