Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a postman. When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only beautiful poetry. He feasts on their words, vicariously living a life for which he longs. But it will only be a matter of time before his world comes crashing down around him.
‘Its republication could – and should – establish it as a lost and found gem.’
– The Independent, UK
'Enchanting, philosophically astute and deeply poignant.'
– John Burnside
'Quirky and charming with a well-executed denouement, this novella brings to mind nothing less than a giddily-lovesick Kafka.'
‘A captivating philosophical tale.’
– Le Devoir, Canada
‘A love story between two people who’ve never met, thanks to the magic of a deepening correspondence. In times of internet and social networking, Thériault succeeds in offering fine and spirited promotion for letters.’
– Le Figaro, France
'...an intense and very deep meaningful ending…I would recommend this book.'