A fabulous, funny and heartbreaking love letter to Wuthering Heights and the books that make us who we are, Dear Reader is about finding your people - on the page and in the world.For Flannery Fields, the only respite from the mean girls at school is Miss Sweeney's English class. But when Miss Sweeney doesn't show up to teach her favourite book, Wuthering Heights, and her handbag is found, Flannery knows something is wrong.When the police are called, Flannery surrenders everything except for Miss Sweeney's precious copy of Wuthering Heights. When she opens it later, it appears to have transformed into her teacher's real-time diary. It appears Miss Sweeney is in New York City - and she's in trouble.So Flannery does something very unFlannery-like: she skips school and sets out for Manhattan, with the book as her guide. There she meets Heath, British, handsome and incredibly smart - yet he's never heard of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank. He could almost have stepped from the pages of Bronte's novel ...With inimitable wit and heart, Mary O'Connell has crafted an irresistible love letter to reading and to the books that make us who we are.
Mary O'Connell is a graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and the author of the short story collection, Living with Saints and the novel, The Sharp Time. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in literary magazines, and she is the recipient of a James Michener Fellowship and Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award. She lives in Kansas.