Between Friends: A Year In Letters

Between Friends: A Year In Letters


by Helen Levine, Oonagh Berry


In a world of gridlocked rush-hour traffic, fast-forwarded digital TiVo and thousand-channel internet radio, it's harder than ever to hear the subtle sound of pen writing on paper. Yet for centuries this was the quiet chorus of friendship, of the shared thoughts and confidences that bound individuals, particularly women, together.

Longtime friends Helen Levine and Oonagh Berry decided they missed the tradition of "real" letters. The obvious solution for them was to initiate a correspondence  project. Their goal? To write each other a longhand letter every two weeks for a year, and see what, if anything, they were missing in their usual friendship rituals of lunches, visits and telephone chats.

The result is a wealth of insights gleaned from over 150 years of combined life experience. Week in and week out, Helen and Oonagh weave together tales of family, work, politics, motherhood, aging and creativity. Reading Between Friends is like sharing a warm pot of tea with two frank, articulate and experienced companions.

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About the Author

Helen Levine is a former social worker and professor. At the School of Social Work at Carleton University, she introduced women's issues and feminist perspectives into the curriculum for the first time. She received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case for advancing the equality of women in Canada. Helen is still energetically engaged as an advocate for women's rights.

Oonagh Berry's short stories have been published in Canada and Ireland. She grew up in Ireland and now lives in Ottawa with her husband, the poet Christopher Levenson.

Product Information

  • Release: October 18, 2005

  • $17.95 Paperback

  • 280 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.5

  • Adult Nonfiction

  • ISBN: 9781897187012

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