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Disclosure, I am related to Susanna...
At first glance/listen, I was skeptical of the concept of an epistolary novel. However, it really grew on me that you could hear the voices of the “characters” coming through in a more realistic way than I’d heard in many other novels written in more conventional formats. The fact that they are “letters” does impose a separation between letters— unlike chapters; yet, you build an intimacy with each character that way. I found each character’s humor very unique and fun. I particularly liked the mother and father and their different distances from the recipient of the letters. I enjoyed the performances from each of the large ensemble that put this show on. I’ve never heard such a large and diverse cast. It felt extremely theatrical, but not overly so. However, since I last heard Allison Hiroto voicing Aomame in 1Q84, it was a little hard removing her very intense performance in that role from my head (I have listened to that book 3 times... it’s quite lengthy). Yet, she was excellent here as well. In fact, I couldn’t stop listening to this book, always waiting for the next expressive performance in a truly fun book. Thank you for writing this! I’m sure there are many more letters that could have been in here.
Your cousin, Eli