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John’s 70th birthday has been a day full of frustration and heartache as he and his wife Marie continue their recent habit of bickering over silly things. A little alcohol and a little nostalgia combine to prompt John into writing a truly heartfelt letter for Marie. After recounting the events of the evening, his thoughts turns to his cousin Louise and her relationship with her late husband Charles. While reminiscing about his encounters with this couple, John is able to reach some valuable conclusions about his feelings for Marie.
Letter to The Lady of The House
About the Author
Richard Bausch was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia. He was educated in the public schools in and around Washington, D.C., and after two failures to maintain a standing in college, served a stint in the Air Force, after which he returned to university studies, first in Virginia and then at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of eleven novels and eight collections of stories, including the novels Rebel Powers, Violence, Good Evening Mr. & Mrs. America And All The Ships At Sea, In The Night Season, Hello To The Cannibals, Thanksgiving Night, and Peace; and the story collections Spirits, The Fireman’s Wife, Rare & Endangered Species, Someone To Watch Over Me, The Stories of Richard Bausch, Wives & Lovers, and the recently released Something Is Out There. His novel, The Last Good Time was made into a feature-length motion picture, directed by Bob Balaban, starring Armin Meuhler-Stahl, Maureen Stapleton, and Lionel Stander, released in April 1995, and Peace was awarded the 2010 Dayton International Literary Peace Prize.