Following on from the success of her first book, 'Auschwitz', Angela Morgan Cutler offers us another 'novel' that defies easy definition or assignment to a fixed genre. 'The Letter' creates its own category. It takes the form of a reply to the anonymous author of a threat letter that was sent to the narrator's husband, En. Instead of the natural response, to freeze or lose language in reaction to such a threat, the book releases a voice that faces the anonymous other who wrote it; a continuous, digressive reply that winds its way through daily observations, reminiscences and reflections that succeed in creating a distance from the potential violence imposed on the family. 'The Letter' is also an affirmation of home and of the restorative power of storytelling as the book flips between the UK - in the days and weeks that follow the arrival of the letter, with all the paranoia and imaginative leaps that fear evokes - and Spain, months later, when the threat begins to subside. Interspersed throughout the text are accounts of other people's stories - examples of written threats they too have received - and interviews with others caught up in the event: family, friends, a police officer, a postman, a counsellor; all sharing their own perspectives on the process of being threatened, bullied, or stalked. 'The Letter' is a response to a threat that can never be sent: there is no return address. And yet, the narrator's reply to the unknown author of the threat remains as a powerful trace of the experience, and a testament to so many stories left untold.
Used availability for Angela Morgan Cutler's The Letter
January 2011 : UK Paperback