Type designer Ed Austin is on a losing streak. Divorced, and with
his daughter studying abroad, he has only an old dog for a
companion. His world has contracted into something simple,
solitary-and safe. But after acquiring a dozen handwritten letters
forgotten in the barn of an old Maine farmhouse, Ed finds himself
haunted by thoughts of a nineteenth-century woman named Lydia
Starbird. At first he's enchanted by her penmanship, and then the
life she describes in her letters-each addressed to a cruel husband
who cannot read. When finally he encounters Lydia herself, he
starts to question everything. Is she a ghost? A time traveler? Or
the invention of a yearning soul? With precise attention to the
subtleties of human emotion and vivid description of the natural
world, Lydia tells a haunting tale of carrying on in the face of
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