A Scattershot Novel of Racing, Dares & Danger, Occasional Nakedness, & Faith
by Nancy Freund
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“Deep, delightful, and compulsively readable.”
It’s 1976. The USA turns 200 while scrappy agnostic Sandy Drue turns 10, finds an electric typewriter in her father’s office, and begins turning out page after page on the conflicting demands of burgeoning adolescence and her own quiet search for the Meaning of Life.
The result is a beguiling collection of loosely linked short stories and vignettes, gathered by a now 13-year-old Sandy into an unconventional novel structured like a blog, long before blogging.
In the wake of the Watergate scandal, American society is in a state of bewilderment, the economy is fragile, and Sandy’s friends are secretly reading Judy Blume — against their mothers’ warnings. The Drue family has moved from New York to Small Town USA where Sandy and her brother try to find their way to fit in. What they find instead is something ultimately more valuable.
Mailbox is an unusual mother-daughter love story that is both hopeful and heartbreaking… profound and good fun.
Although written for adults, ‘Mailbox’ is an INDIEFAB finalist for YA Book of the Year