Letters in the Mail

TAYARI JONES SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY!

The author of Silver Sparrow returns with a stunning novel about race, loyalty, and love that endures. Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.

Through February 28, purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription (or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription) and we’ll send you your own signed, hardcover copy of An American Marriage*. Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it and we’ll send you the book! Or give the gift of letters to a friend and keep the book for yourself! Click here to subscribe today!

An American Marriage is a stunning, epic love story filled with breathtaking twists and turns, while bursting with realized and unrealized dreams. Skillfully crafted and beautifully written, An American Marriage is an exquisite, timely, and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable.”
– Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

“I love An American Marriage, and I’m so excited for this book to be in the world. Tayari’s novel is timely, thoughtful, and beautifully written. Reading it, I found myself angry as hell, laughing out loud, choking up and cheering. A gem of a book.”
– Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn

Tayari Jones is the author of the novels Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, Silver Sparrow, and An American Marriage (Algonquin Books, February 2018). Her writing has appeared in Tin House, The Believer, the New York Times, and Callaloo.  A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, she has also been a recipient of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Lifetime Achievement Award in Fine Arts from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, United States Artist Fellowship, NEA Fellowship and Radcliffe Institute Bunting Fellowship. An Associate Professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University, Jones is spending the 2017-18 academic year as the Shearing Fellow for Distinguished Writers at the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

*Offer valid while supplies last. Due to shipping costs, this offer is only available for US subscriptions.

Author photograph © Nina Subin.

The Rumpus wants to make your mailbox fun again!

How? It’s a program called Letters in the Mail and you can subscribe here. Every two weeks, you’ll receive a letter, in the mail. In the first three months letters went out from Margaret Cho, Marie Calloway, Dean Haspeil, Lorelei Lee, Matthew Specktor, Rick Moody, Aimee Bender, Padma Viswanathan, Sari Botton, and Matthew Zapruder. Some of the letters were typed, others handwritten. Some included illustrations, one was a comic, all were signed. We then photocopy the letter and send it to you. Think of it as letters you used to get from your friends before email, except now your friends are your favorite writers! View sample letters here and here.

Recent and upcoming letter writers include Celeste Ng, Nicole Chung, Jia Tolentino, Tayari Jones, Leesa Cross-Smith, Don Lee, Shanthi Sekaran, Lisa Ko, R.O. Kwon, and many more! Think of it as the letters you used to get from your friends before this whole Internet/email thing. Letters will include return addresses in case you want to write the author back!

And it’s only $7 a month (domestic), cheap! You can also purchase a year of Letters in the Mail. And if you live outside of the United States, you can purchase an annual international subscription. Letters in the Mail helps us keep The Rumpus running—so, you can correspond with your favorite writers and support the website in one fell swoop.

Letters in the Mail makes a fabulous gift! Imagine that special reader in your life receiving a letter (in their physical mailbox!) every two weeks. They can be letters from old favorites or from new authors destined to become old favorites.

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“I used to hate email. When people first started using it, or at least people I knew, it was around 1994, and I was a senior in high school. I resisted it with all my might—when someone emailed me, I would respond with a phone call, a handwritten note, or not at all. At that time, you see, my friends and I had turned letter writing into an art. A letter was only 30% the content of the letter—everything else was about how it was delivered. The paper stock, the doodles, the handwriting—all of this was what mattered. A letter should be an experience.”

Colin Dickey, author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places and Letter in the Mail writer

Missed your favorite author’s letter? We are now offering past letters available for individual sale.

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Want more child-friendly letters? Check out our Letters for Kids program, which delivers letters from your kids’ favorite writers twice a month!

Here are some profiles of Letters in the Mail from the New York Times and USA Today and the United States Postal Service!