Levin in 2009
|Born||September 4, 1954
|Notable work(s)||Extraordinary Means
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) and California Street (Simon and Schuster, 1990).
Born in 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.1
Levin worked 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 Karen Ann Quinlan. California Street, categorized as "romance mystery" by Marilyn Stasio of The New York Times4 was published at a time when the number of women mystery writers was proliferating.5 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.
- Donna Levin's website
- Los Angeles Times Review of Extraordinary Means
- Los Angeles Times Review of California Street
- http://www.donnalevin.net/bio.htm Donna Levin Biography
- http://www.bu.edu/dbin/archives/index.php?pid=403&study_guides=08 Donna Levin Papers
- http://www.lib.state.ca.us California State Library
- http://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