A Letter Marked Personal


By: J.P. Donleavy

Publication Date: 17 September 2019


Nathan Johnson, forty-eight and restless, began his career as a door-to-door lingerie salesman, reaching the top of the rag trade with a penthouse overlooking Manhattan. When a letter marked personal arrives, Nathan’s luck soon runs out.

A ‘confirmed social climber’ in 1990s New York City, he looks back on his early struggles, indulging fantasies of life as a country squire on Blueberry Hill – the Westchester estate he buys his wife Muriel as a birthday present. He meets a model from Iowa, different from the rest, and is captivated. When, out of the blue, a letter  arrives, his wife opens it and life unravels.

A Letter Marked Personal is J.P.Donleavy’s final novel, completed in 2007. His portrait of a flawed Anglophile delineates the American Dream, from aspirational greed to the vanity of human wishes. This poignant story of Nathan’s rise and demise speaks for the everyman – an apt farewell from one of literature’s true originals.

‘Long anticipated, finally delivered.’ – IRISH TIMES

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Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 136 × 216 mm
Publication Date

17 September 2019


Paperback with flaps

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