A friend told me that Dear Everybody was a great read and he is absolutely right. I couldn't put the novel down and read it through in two rushed sittings. The novel is about a man, Jonathan, who is writing letters to all of his family and friends, short, funny, beautiful, and wistful letters about his childhood, being a teenager, a young man, and married. They are suicide letters but the novelist makes it so that the reader feels the whole range of emotions -- often humor balanced with tender sadness-- throughout (the character talks about thinking he was the Burger King as a kid b/c of the paper crown he got). And the novel also includes other people -- his mother writing in her diary about her difficult marriage and concerns about her son, and Jonathan's ex-wife about how much she fell in love with him but also about how she couldn't be with him -- and things like the main character's college notebooks. There's so much going on in this novel, and it's done so well that it really captures your imagination. Once you finish you just want to start reading again (I did). The review in Time Out New York says all of this better than I can! But Dear Everybody is the best book I've read in years and I'm going to get my book club to read it. I highly recommend it.