Levin in 2009
|Born||September 4, 1954
|Notable works||Extraordinary Means
There’s More Than One Way Home
Donna Levin (born September 4, 1954) is a San Francisco-based author, editor and writing teacher. She has published the novels Extraordinary Means (Arbor House, 1987), California Street (Simon and Schuster, 1990) and There’s More Than One Way Home (Chickadee Prince Books, 2017).
Born in the city of Oakland, California, Levin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in theater arts, and earned a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Levin taught for many years for the University of California, Berkeley Extension as an instructor in the creative writing department. Levin drew from her experiences as a workshop leader there and at other venues to write two books on the craft of fiction, Get That Novel Started (Writer’s Digest Books, 1992) and Get That Novel Written (Writer’s Digest Books, 1996).
Extraordinary Means is a literary fantasy in which a young woman, although diagnosed in an irreversible coma, is able to observe her family members debate over whether or not to withdraw life support. It is loosely drawn from the real-life controversy surrounding the Karen Ann Quinlan case. California Street, categorized as "romance suspence" by Marilyn Stasio of The New York Times was published at a time when the number of women mystery writers was proliferating. The protagonist is Joel Abramowitz, a compassionate but flawed psychoanalyst who inadvertently becomes involved in the disappearance of one woman and the murder of another. There’s More Than One Way Home is a retelling of Anna Karenina set in contemporary San Francisco. The novel features an autistic son, and is an addition to the new genre of "autism lit."
- Donna Levin's website
- Los Angeles Times Review of Extraordinary Means
- Los Angeles Times Review of California Street
- Kirkus Reviews Review of There's More Than One Way Home
- http://www.donnalevin.com/about/ Donna Levin Biography
- http://www.bu.edu/dbin/archives/index.php?pid=403&study_guides=08 Donna Levin Papers
- http://www.library.ca.gov/ California State Library
- https://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/28/books/crime-656490.html?pagewanted=2 The New York Times Review of California Street
- http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/continuing-ed/genrestudy/gsmyst/advenmyst Adventures in Storytelling: Mystery
- https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/donna-levin/theres-more-than-one-way-home/ Kirkus Reviews Review of There's More Than One Way Home
- http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/next-favorite-fictional-protagonist-autism-spectrum-180963418/ Smithsonian Magazine