I Will Always Write Back

How One Letter Changed Two Lives

Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch & Martin Ganda


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It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place. Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and fifty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one. That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives. In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.


The remarkable tenacity of these two souls pulled like magnets across the world by their opposite polarities - one committed to helping, the other to surviving - is deeply affecting. It's quite a little miracle of unexpected genuineness. ― New York Times Book Review


Caitlin Alifirenka (Stoicsitz) was born in 1985 in Chestnuthill, Pennsylvania.

Liz Welch is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist who has written for The New York Times, Real Simple, Glamour, and Inc., among other publications.

Martin Ganda is an African focused Advisor and Investor. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in New York.