For a short but captivating read, I recommend “The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman” by Denis Thériault. With poetry as the mouthpiece for the touching story of Bilodo the postman, the book is overflowing with lyrical wordplay and wonderful imagery. Thériault successfully combines an untraditional love-story with the calm flow of Haiku poetry, lovingly presenting a cultural meeting between Canada and Japan.
Unable to resist the urge to read the intriguing letters he delivers, Bilodo secretly steams them open – and soon finds himself being pulled down a rabbit hole of Haiku correspondence, Japanese lifestyles, romance and mystery.
Although I would usually not read romance novels, this one is different; the mysterious correspondence, assuming another persons life, cultural exchange and sudden twists provide an unexpected adventure, despite being confined to the strict poetic rules of Haiku. So don’t let appearances scare you off, and remember: smiles are contagious 😀