Dear Mr. McEwan,
I’m sending you this letter of thanks for being one of the writers who has inspired me and truly changed my life.
To say that I admire your work is an understatement. I believe you to be one of the best, if not the best living writers in the world and I think you’re up there with the greats of all time. As a novelist myself I know how difficult it can be to stand back for a moment and see anything but how one could have been still better, but I hope you appreciate what a great accomplishment your novels represent.
When I read Atonement, Enduring Love, Saturday, etc., I was an assistant at a literary agency with no idea I’d go on to become a novelist of my own. From you I’ve learned that one can be literary while maintaining a grasp of the plot, and the importance of complex relationships as a way of learning about characters.
Above all, you’ve taught me humility. Because I’ll never be as good as you.
Thank you for your work, it has impacted me tremendously.