P.S. What I Didn't Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends
edited by Megan McMorris

Seal Press, 2009. ISBN 978-1-580-05290-0.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 01/03/2010

Nonfiction: Relationships

The friendships of women are important, powerful and complicated. Few friendships last forever and for even those that do, many feelings and experiences within the context of those relationships are not addressed, left unsaid. They are too painful to talk about or not fully understood at the time they occur. Time provides perspective.

P.S. What I Didn't Say is an anthology about women's friendships. Editor Megan McMorris has selected thirty-six letters to include in this collection. The letters, all written by different women, celebrate and examine past and current friendships from now older and wiser perspectives—from women who have been able to step away days or years later and look at their friendships with fresh eyes and clarity and speak open and honestly about how they felt then and now. Readers will find words, reflections and situations that resonate with them, as the letters reveal discovery of their selves and the relationships with their friends.

There are letters to childhood friends, friends who have died, and friends who might have been. There is also one letter from a writer to her past self, a warning about her addiction to fitness that will have dire consequences. The letters will make the reader laugh, cry, and reflect. The cathartic letters might leave the reader feeling she has a letter to write as well.

Some of the writers included in P.S. What I Didn't Say are Jacquelyn Mitchard, Diana Abu-Jaber, Jen Karuza Schile.

Editor Megan McMorris writes out of Portland, Oregon and has edited two other anthologies: Woman's Best Friend: Women Writers on the Dogs in Their Lives and Cat Women: Female Writers on Their Feline Friends. More about Megan can be found on her website.

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