Jonathon Bender had something to say to the world, but the world wouldn’t listen. However, he left behind unsent letters addressed to relatives, friends, teachers, classmates, professors, roommates, employers, former girlfriends, his ex-wife, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the state of Michigan, and a weather satellite, among many others. These form the narrative of a remarkable life.
Named one of the “Notable” stories of the year by Dave Eggers in his Best American Non-Required Reading 2007
Dear Everybody maintains a tone of finely judged tension between laughter and tears in an involving and sympathetically written work of fiction.
'Occasionally a novel by a new writer will cause critics to choke with excitement. This is one.' — The Scotsman
'In addition to writing stunning prose, Kimball evocatively hints at entire physical and emotional worlds lying just behind his story’s surface. In many cases, the author’s verbal compression both amplifies and dampens the tragic clamor of Jonathon’s letters ... they harbor such a strange emotional power that you’ll find them hard to forget.'— Time Out New York
'There is a whole life contained in this slim novel, a life as funny and warm and sad and heartbreaking as any other, rendered with honest complexity and freshness by Kimball's sharp writing.' Los Angeles Times
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