Letters From the Closet
An honest and poignant look into the deeply intimate yet platonic relationship between a gay English teacher and his young female protégée-each seeking connection and acceptance-as reflected by the decade of letters they exchanged. It's Tuesdays with Morrie...
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An honest and poignant look into the deeply intimate yet platonic relationship between a gay English teacher and his young female protégée-each seeking connection and acceptance-as reflected by the decade of letters they exchanged.
It's Tuesdays with Morrie- if Morrie were young and gay and Mitch Albom were a woman.
As the years and letters passed between John and Amy, the layers fell off as they explored and unmasked themselves and each other. "A teacher is like a book," John wrote, "wasted until he's read. The student has to do that. You've done that." While going through a period of despair, he wrote, "I hope our relationship survives your growing up and my growing down."
Every writer needs a room of his own, but for some people, at certain times and in certain circumstances, the best you can do is a closet. From the confines-and protection-of his closet, John wrote these letters, letters that were read, cherished, and then locked away for decades in Amy's closet. Now they are chronicled and shared for your enrichment.
A Different Kind of Love Story
Timely and relevant, this is a love story of the most contemporary kind. It's a rare and beautiful glimpse into an intimate, but platonic, relationship between a gay English teacher and his young female protégée-each seeking connection and acceptance.
Now the student-turned-author looks back at the decade of letters that preceded her teacher's untimely death. She collects the shards left by their clumsy, sometimes violent, attempts to unmask each other and counts the cost of knowing and being known.
Alternating between letter excerpts and a beautiful narrative from Amy, the story unfolds, making readers privy to a very personal tribute to the teacher who profoundly changed her life. As you enter their unveiled world, you'll see truth reflected in their raw insights-and you'll discover new revelations for your own life.
Amy Hollingsworth is the author of The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: Spiritual Insights from the Worlds Most Beloved Neighbor, based on her nine-year friendship with televisions Fred Rogers, and Gifts of Passage: What the Dying Tell Us with the Gifts They Leave Behind. She has a masters degree in counseling psychology and a bachelors degree in English and is an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she lives with her husband Jeff and their children, Jonathan and Emily. She has written for various magazines, including ParentLife, and was a writer for eight years for The 700 Club television program.