Epistolary Fiction

Novels in the form of letters and/or e-mail. Provided by the staff at the West University Branch Library.

Nick Bantock. Griffin and Sabine
A cosmic love story told in letters and illustrations (first in a series).
Elizabeth Berg. The Pull of the Moon
A Massachusetts woman’s mid-life crisis detailed in letters and journal entries as she impulsively travels west.
Susan Dundon. To My Ex-Husband
An ex-wife writes letters to the man who had been both her husband and best friend, healing herself by the process.
Mark Dunn. Ella Minnow Pea
When a totalitarian government bans the use of certain letters in the alphabet, islanders who live there still manage to communicate via the written word, often in highly creative, original ways.
Chris Dyer. Wanderlust
The madcap adventures of a travel columnist posted to friends and family as she circles the globe.  
Stephanie Fletcher. E-mail: a Love Story
A married woman has an online love affair.
David Grossman. Be My Knife
A love affair by letter between a rare book dealer and the mysterious woman he glimpses at a class reunion.
Elizabeth Hailey. A Woman of Independent Means
The triumphs and tragedies of a woman who is independent in many ways, told in sixty years of the letters she writes.
Samuel Richardson. Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded
A classic epistolary novel of seduction and romance first published in 1740, now considered the first modern English novel.
Elisabeth Robinson. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
A struggling scriptwriter writes to her younger sister who has been diagnosed with cancer, and to many friends, relatives and coworkers.
Lee Smith. The Christmas Letters
Three generations of Pickett family Christmas letters (and recipes), beginning in 1944.
Lee Smith. Fair and Tender Ladies
Ivy Rowe lives in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, and writes like a poet despite little formal education, spilling her joys and sorrows into decades of letters.
Alice Walker. The Color Purple
Letters between two sisters – one a missionary in Africa, the other a wife trapped in an abusive marriage.  
Jane Roberts Wood. The Train to Estelline
Letters home from a young woman who moves to west Texas to teach in 1911.