Letters in the Mail


From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You comes a riveting new novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Purchase a yearly Letters in the Mail subscription or a 6-month Rumpus Book Club subscription by October 31, and we’ll send you your own hardcover copy of Little Fires Everywhere signed by the author Celeste Ng! Subscribe by September 29 and receive a Letter in the Mail from Celeste, too!

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“Fans of novelist Celeste Ng’s debut, Everything I Never Told You, and devotees of her resistance-ready Twitter feed can rejoice… The story drifts effortlessly between characters; each is full and memorable as they coax the novel to its fiery climax. Ng reminds us that action is a choice, and you’ll want to keep reading until the last irreversible actions play out.”

– Bustle

“I read Little Fires Everywhere in a single, breathless sitting. With brilliance and beauty, Celeste Ng dissects a microcosm of American society just when we need to see it beneath the microscope: how do questions of race stack up against the comfort of privilege, and what role does that play in parenting? Is motherhood a bond forged by blood, or by love? And perhaps most importantly: do the faults of our past determine what we deserve in the future? Be ready to be wowed by Ng’s writing—and unsettled by the mirror held up to one’s own beliefs.”

– Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of Small Great Things and Leaving Time

Celeste Ng grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She attended Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan. Her debut novel, Everything I Never Told You, won the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA’s Alex Award. She is a 2016 NEA fellow, and she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was published by Penguin Press on September 12, 2017.

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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 Stephen Elliott, 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 Chloe Caldwell, Molly Crabapple, Colin Dickey, Nicole Chung, Mensah Demary, Josh Gondelman, Alana Massey, Dana Schwartz, Jia Tolentino, and many more! Think of it as the letters you used to get from your creative 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.



“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 upcoming Letter in the Mail writer

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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. And here is program founder Stephen Elliott talking about it on the CBS Morning Show with Charlie Rose.