A Letter Marked Personal Paperback / softback
`Nathan Langriesh Johnson is the name. The United States my nation, From Maine to Florida. From New York to California. I am its loyal citizen. And before I am homeless out on the street, I am, without slipping and breaking my neck, going to wash my face in semi-cold water.' 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.
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 marked `personal' 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2019
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781843516972
- Hardback from £15.85