I am writing you in sincere thanks. Twelve years ago I picked up a used copy of Reasons to Live. After reading and rereading all of your stories your work has taught me the proper rhythm and sound of thoughts when they transpire to language. You are by far one of my strongest influences among Kundera, Carver, and Munro. This book does not exist without you. You are by far owed a copy. I cannot dream to give back what you have given me, this is my biggest token. I hope you enjoy it.