by Brian Willson


by Brian Willson



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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 loss.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940016775616
Publisher: Three Islands Press
Publication date: 03/27/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 300
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Brian Willson grew up in Austin, where he bounced around the music scene a while before snagging a degree from The University of Texas. In 1980 he became a father and moved with his family to coastal Maine, where he has worked as a journalist and designer of typefaces based on historical materials�including penmanship from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries�available at Lydia is his first novel.
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