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Book Title: Mailman|
The author of the book: J. Robert Lennon
Edition: Granta Books
Date of issue: May 20th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781862076730
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Albert Lippincott is a thirty-year veteran of the Nestor, New York, post office - a letter carrier extraordinaire, aggressively cheerful, obsessively efficient. But Albert has a few things to hide. His unfortunate habit, for instance, of reading other people's mail. His abortive university career, complete with a crackpot theory, a nervous breakdown, and thwarted attempt to bite out his professor's eye. A disastrous marriage, grotesquely self-absorbed parents, and a sexually ambiguous entanglement with his melodramatic sister. And then there's his attempt to reform the postal system of Kazakhstan, and his complicated relationship with his cats.
But he has no problem keeping his life in perspective - until one of his customers turns up dead, and Albert is left holding a letter that might have saved his life. Over ten frenzied days, Albert's precarious existence begins to crumble, and his demons are in hot pursuit: the postal inspectors who want to ask him a few questions; his memories of the women he loved, but didn't love enough; his sexual hang-ups; his intellectual failures; and an increasingly painful lump under his left arm.
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Read information about the authorJ. Robert Lennon is the author of a story collection, Pieces For The Left Hand, and seven novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Happyland. He holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has published short fiction in The New Yorker, Harper's, Playboy, Granta, The Paris Review, Electric Literature, and elsewhere. He has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and his story "The Rememberer" inspired the CBS detective series Unforgettable. He hosts the podcast Writers at Cornell, and co-hosts another, Ed Skoog. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Guardian, and The London Review of Books, and he lives in Ithaca, New York, where he teaches writing at Cornell University.
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