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BOOK REVIEW: LETTERS BETWEEN US
BY LINDA RADER OVERMAN

We hope you enjoy this book review by Gunta Krasts Voutyras .

This is a meticulous account, in the form of letters and diaries, of two sixteen-year-old girl friends who were teens in the seventies. Recently Katharine, age 39, has been found dead in a dumpster after wondering off from a picnic. She had been a patient in a Psychiatric Hospital for a number of months. Her friend Laura attends the funeral. During the after burial reception Laura is given a box of old letters and diaries belonging to Katharine. Laura spends days poring over the contents of this box. She relives, in her mind, her childhood and teenage years spent in the company of Katharine, their parents and all that the girls shared in their young lives.

This is a catharsis of years doing drugs, pot, pills, and cocaine. The book is chuck full of ordinary, every day reminiscences of two teen-age girls who came of age in the late seventies. I recommend this book since it is an insight into the lives of two girls who were unhappily experimenting with drugs, sex and continuously voicing negative judgments of their parents. Those of us who were parents of teenagers during the seventies can read this with a big sigh of relief, noting that this agony is over for us. Our children, for the most part have turned out well, successful and happily raising their own children.

REVIEWED BY GUNTA KRASTS VOUTYRAS

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