This book offers a collection of "life-saving letters from a glittering wish list of top authors" for young and old, gay and straight alike. For anyone who has ever felt like they didn't belong growing up and for those who can know the pains of isolation and vulnerability – this books offers a glimmer of hope and encouragement to move forward.
You always hear the phrase "if only I knew that when I was younger" well, we didn’t know those things and this book offers very personal letters from successful authors writing about what they would tell their younger self.
Each letter reads as a short biography, it records the pain and suffering but also often the light hearted and awkward moments of each authors coming-of-age.
Last year Dan Savage published "It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living" that accompanied a popular youtube campaign from politicians (Obama was one), authors, actors, and celebrities promoting words of encouragement for those who need it most. Along with The Letter Q, these messages help LGBTQ teens know that they will be OK if they just hang on.
Contributors include: Amy Bloom, Paul Rudnick, Rakesh Satyal, Michael Cunningham, Eileen Myles, David Levithan, and the list goes on and on.
Take a look at the incredible youtube video from the contributors:
You can also read an excerpt from the book here.