Letters Between Us-honored as "Finalist" in "Fiction & Lit: Chick Lit/Women's Lit" category of National Best Books 2008 Awards sponsored by USA Book News. Selected as " Finalist Novella" & "Finalist Best Cover Design Fiction" categories 2009 Indie Book Awards. Plain View Press ISBN: #978-1-891386-62-6 (printed version)
Letters Between Us-honored as "Finalist" in "Fiction & Lit: Chick Lit/Women's Lit" category of National Best Books 2008 Awards sponsored by USA Book News. Selected as " Finalist Novella" & "Finalist Best Cover Design Fiction" categories 2009 Indie Book Awards.
Plain View Press
ISBN: #978-1-891386-62-6 (printed version)
A first (epistolary) novel about a troubled writer's search to understand a friend's mysterious death at a mental institution leading to her own self‐discovery and transformation.
Writer Laura Wells attends a memorial service for her best friend from childhood, Katharine Taylor, whose body was found in a garbage dump near Santa Barbara, California. After she obtains some boxes of her own correspondence with Katharine and entries from Katharine's diaries, Laura begins her 26-year journey back, revealing unimaginable secrets. As a result, Laura discovers a Katharine she thought she knew and didn't.
"Letters Between Us” begins at the end, with a Santa Barbara Herald newspaper article chronicling the death of 39-year-old Katharine Taylor Fields whose body was found in a dumpster at the Cold Spring Tavern Inn. Katharine’s friend, Laura Wells, learns of the death through Katharine’s estranged husband David. Katharine had been a patient at the Santa Barbara Psychiatric hospital for the past eight months, had just disappeared, and then was found dead.
Many years ago I had the pleasure of watching a stage production of Helen Hanff’s fine book 84 Charing Cross Road, a story that chronicles a long distance friendship via mail over a two decade long period. Letters Between Us is written along similar lines.
The story involves the relationship between two friends from childhood, Laura Wells and Katharine Taylor Fields. Following the sudden death of Katharine, Laura heads out on an odyssey of self discovery.
This novel takes us into the lives of two friends, Laura and Katharie. As an eight grade student, Katharine a shy girl attempts a clumsy, brave move at a friendship with Laura by writing her a note. Over the years the two will exchange frequent letters, the subject matter maturing as the years pass. Those letters are shared with the reader after Katharine's death. Laura sequesters herself in a hotel room bringing along two boxes of correspondence; hers and Katharine's . . .
Linda Rader Overman’s work encompasses fiction and nonfiction consisting of a collection of multifaceted elements including photographs, narrative portraits, images, texts, personal and social history, poetry, letters, and diaries.
She writes that “photographs of my intersection with self and history are images that have a profound impact on the way I remember my past.” She takes much of her inspiration from the works of former screenwriter, novelist, and TV producer Paul Rader, along with the photographic works of former San Francisco-based portrait-photographer William James Rader, respectively, her uncle and her father both now deceased.
Overman was born in Hollywood, California in 1951, graduating from Hollywood High in 1968. After a nine year career at KNBC-TV, where she met and married her husband, and had a son and a daughter, Overman returned to school and received a B.A. in English Literature in 1997, an M.A in Creative Writing in 2001, followed by an M.F.A in Creative Writing in 2003. She is proof to all those interested in combining a career, family and education that it is possible to successfully do so. Today, with the choice of online mba programs and other distance learning systems, it might be considerably easier. If one is disciplined and focused, studies can be happily balanced with raising a family and being a prolific worker. Her work appears in many anthologies and magazines. And she teaches English at California State University, Northridge. Currently, Overman is a PhD student in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Science at Lancaster University in England.