An Exile's Perfect Letter

By Larry Mathews

An Exile's Perfect Letter
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**NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR BOOK AWARDS FICTION LONGLIST**
Sixty-two-year-old English professor Hugh Norman is getting ready to retire and just going through the motions. He’s detached, irreverent, and quite pleased with himself. But then he learns of a long-lost friend’s ... Read more


Overview

**NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR BOOK AWARDS FICTION LONGLIST**
Sixty-two-year-old English professor Hugh Norman is getting ready to retire and just going through the motions. He’s detached, irreverent, and quite pleased with himself. But then he learns of a long-lost friend’s sudden death, and shockingly discovers a body while walking through a city park. Suddenly, over just a few days, Hugh is compelled to deal with a large cast of eccentric characters and a police detective who has taken a sudden interest in his life. With a perfect sense of comedic timing, An Exile’s Perfect Letter is a portrait of a man forced to come of age all over again. It’s a send-up, a love story, an elegy for lost youth, and a celebration of friendships that stand the test of time.

Larry Mathews

Larry Mathews is professor emeritus of Memorial University, where he taught in the English department from 1984 until his retirement in 2015. He is the author of The Sandblasting Hall of Fame and The Artificial Newfoundlander. He lives in St. John’s with his wife, the writer Claire Wilkshire. They have two children.

Awards

  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, Fiction Category 2020, Long-listed

Reviews

“Larry Mathews is a searing and silver-tongued wit. He writes with tuned precision and care, but he is offbeat and great fun to read. ”

Mark Anthony Jarman

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