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Letters from Max : A Book of Friendship, Hardback Book

Letters from Max : A Book of Friendship Hardback


A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF 2018 In 2012, Sarah Ruhl was a distinguished author and playwright, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Max Ritvo, a student in her playwriting class at Yale University, was an exuberant, opinionated, and highly gifted poet.

He was also in remission from pediatric cancer. Over the next four years--in which Ritvo's illness returned and his health declined, even as his productivity bloomed--the two exchanged letters that spark with urgency, humor, and the desire for connection.

Reincarnation, books, the afterlife as an Amtrak quiet car, good soup: in Ruhl and Ritvo's exchanges, all ideas are fair, nourishing game, shared and debated in a spirit of generosity and love. "We'll always know one another forever, however long ever is," Ritvo writes. "And that's all I want--is to know you forever." Studded with poems and songs, Letters from Max is a deeply moving portrait of a friendship, and a shimmering exploration of love, art, mortality, and the afterlife.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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  • Category: Diaries, letters & journals
  • ISBN: 9781571313690

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