Letters for Emily

Letters for Emily

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A victim of Alzheimer's who knows that he is dying, Harry Whitney compiles a collection of original poems as a legacy for his granddaughter Emily, hoping that it will lead to a cache of letters that might bring together his estranged family.

Baker
& Taylor

The victim of Alzheimer's, Harry Whitney knows that he is dying and that he is gradually losing his mind and sets out to compile a collection of original poems as final gift and legacy for Emily, his favorite granddaughter, hoping that it will lead to a cache of letters that contain Harry's lessons about life and hold the promise of reconciliation for members of his estranged family. A first novel.

Simon and Schuster
You are so young. You may wonder what an old man like me could teach? I wonder as well. I certainly don't claim to know all the answers. I'm barely figuring out the questions....Life has a strange way of repeating itself and I want my experience to help you. I want to make a difference. My hope is that you'll consider my words and remember my heart. Harry Whitney is dying. And in the process, he's losing his mind. Afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, he knows his "good" time is dwindling. Wishing to be remembered as more than an ailing old man, Harry realizes the greatest gift he can pass on is the wisdom of his years, the jumbled mix of experiences and emotions that add up to a life. And so he compiles a book of his poems for his favorite granddaughter, Emily, in the hope that his words might somehow heal the tenuous relationships in a family that is falling apart. But Harry's poems contain much more than meets the eye....As Emily and her family discover, intricate messages are hidden in them, clues and riddles that lead to an extraordinary cache of letters, and even a promise of hidden gold. Are they the ramblings of a man losing touch with reality? Or has Harry given them a gift more valuable than any of them could have guessed? As Harry's secrets are uncovered one by one, his family learns about romance, compassion, and hope -- and together they set out to search for something priceless, a shining prize to treasure forever. They may grow closer in spirit or be torn apart by greed...but their lives will be undeniably altered by Harry's words in his letters for Emily.

Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2002, c2001
ISBN: 9780743444460
0743444469
Branch Call Number: F WRI
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm

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