I finished the book around eleven last night. . . . Stephen Monroe is a man we should all aspire to be in my mind. Everything he went through, put himself through, was for love and understanding, of himself and the world around him. Mary is a gift from the heavens.The way you brought Uncle Leo into the book and laughter and this great sensitivity throughout the whole book was absolutely beautiful. Your views on the futility of wars and the draft were introduced so naturally.A masterstroke.I am all over the map with telling you about my experience withA Listening Thing. I am still so very excited about this novel, this autobiography of yourself and me and countless others.I am going to make a T-shirt saying,MY NAMEMY NAME ISSTEPHEN MONROE!I thank youfor your friendshipyour beautiful mindyour eyes that see beauty in the decay.
From Robert, shared here with his gracious permission.