Once upon a time, while I was at U of T, I saw Kyo Maclear on some panel discussion. I don't remember any of the details of what she said or did, I just had the sense that she was one seriously smart person. That was a long time ago and now that I have read her novel, The Letter Opener, I felt, wow, indeed, an awesome mind produced this. So unexpected and thoughtful in every moment. Not a lot happens and I was astonished by how compelling I found the experience of reading it. So compassionate. So intimate.