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Dear Stranger, Dearest Friend
by Laney Katz Becker
Editorial Reviews

Dear Stranger, Dearest FriendFrom Booklist
E-mail may seem like a trendy fictional hook, but there's nothing facile about this tale.

Becker's epistolary novel tracks the developing e-mail relationship between Midwestern Susan, who's a freelance copywriter and breast cancer survivor, and computer programmer Lara from the Northeast, who logs on to the breast cancer board in a panic after discovering a lump. Their correspondence charts a seemingly interminable number of tests and indeterminate findings, until at last Lara learns that there are signs of malignancy. She chooses to have both breasts removed, and as her and Susan's e-mails trace her recovery, they also portray their families and present a satisfying gamut of emotions.

Library Journal
"A helpful book for any woman who has ever faced this diagnosis; recommended. . ."

Luanne Rice, the New York Times bestselling author of Follow the Stars Home and Blue Moon
"Dear Stranger, Dearest Friend is a book of husbands and wives, mothers and children, best friends who've never met. It promises that when you are having the most terrifying moment of your life, someone will reach out of the dark to take your hand. It proves that love matters more than anything, that together is better than alone, that somewhere out there--or right next door--we can all hope to find a friend like Susan. Someone to listen, make us laugh until we cry, help us understand that hope, friendship and love are three things that go on forever. I loved this novel and I couldn't put it down."

William Kowalski, author of Eddie's Bastard
"Dear Stranger, Dearest Friend is two parts honest, engaging epistolary dialogue and one part humor, black humor, to be sure, but very funny at just the right moments. Becker writes with a fine dramatic flourish about the tragedies and comedies in the lives of two courageous women. It is impossible not to empathize with these characters, and with their children and spouses, from the first page. This intelligent and informative story is a must-read for women whose lives have been altered by breast cancer, and also for the men in their lives who wish to be supportive of them. It provides a number of insights into the hearts and minds of breast cancer survivors which would be of great benefit to those who want to know more about what they went through but don't know how to ask."

Abby Frucht, Life After Death, Polly's Ghost
"Hooray for Laney Katz Becker, whose own battle with cancer has found voice in this wise, moving and vastly entertaining book... . .a treasure. . .moving and vastly entertaining book."

     

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