A LETTER FROM SARAH
by Dan Proops
Adam’s sister, Sarah, has been missing for seven years, but he hasn’t given up hope of finding her. He is a sculptor and lives with his bedridden father who is a bully and a curmudgeon.
One morning, as the anniversary of Sarah’s disappearance nears, Adam receives a letter from her and she is apparently alive and well, living in New York. Adam travels to Brooklyn to search for Sarah as he’s desperate to see her, but she seems determined to avoid him.
Sarah’s letters arrive weekly, but she continues to remain elusive. Adam is perplexed by Sarah’s requests for secrecy, as is his father and his girlfriend, Cassandra.
He is determined to find her, whatever the cost to his wellbeing, health and sanity….
Publisher: Urbane Publications, 7 March 2019
Dan Proops has been a full-time writer for six years and has completed four novels and a memoir. Previous to this he was a professional artist, organising a one-man show at the age of fourteen. He has had many exhibitions over a long career and his artwork was purchased by internationally acclaimed art dealer, Eric Franck. His artwork appeared frequently in the national press and his painting was featured in Image of the Week in the Times. One of his exhibitions was previewed in the Telegraph by columnist Colin Gleadell.
Dan is a Twitter influencer and has a following of 22,000; last year 1.2 million people read his tweets, and he currently attends the advanced writing class at Morley College, run by the renowned radio four dramatist Mike Walker. Dan Proops is also the grandson of legendary advice columnist, Marjorie Proops. He lives and works in London.
“Dan Proops’ novel is a psychological white knuckle ride through the hopes and despairs of a man wrestling with truths, mirages, lies and visions. It is an exciting, heart-breaking, infuriating, teasing and disturbing read.”
– John Hind, The Observer
“Dan’s novel, A Letter from Sarah, is an intriguing and addictive read. The writing is superb, as is his cast of beautifully drawn characters. I’d recommend this book to anyone. A literary masterpiece.”
– Rick Sky, Biographer of Freddie Mercury
“A beautifully written tale of love, families and refusing to give up.”
– Natasha Harding, The Sun
The Inspiration for the Novel
“My new book has overarching themes of coping with loss, the experience of grief and the anxiety provoked when a loved one goes missing.
The writing of the text coincided with the breakdown of the relationship I had with my own sister, seven years ago. After being loving friends for forty years, the loss was devastating. Our lives are now separate, but she is still in my heart and mind.
A Letter From Sarah is not autobiographical in the strict sense, but I was inspired to write it after falling out with my only sibling.
Many of us have fallen out with a family member; sometimes the break in relations is irreparable and sometimes not. We have to accept that some relationships can never be repaired. Others, on the other hand, can be. And it’s a triumphant moment when we’re reunited with a sibling, parent, son or daughter.
Sometimes we fall out with a lifelong friend and this can be devastating. Our relationship’s define us; and we can end up blaming ourselves when they are fractured. And when do we forgive loved ones who’ve hurt us? If we are unable to find absolution, then the wound may never heal.
If we want to find reparation, we have to dig deep within us and discover a good reason to get in touch, to repair the damage. If we can manage that, then we may discover the joy of renewed love for someone that we’ve cared for so much.”