Local Track Novel, Four by One, ReleasedSaturday, March 18, 2017
Track Novel with Local Ties
As track season unfolds in the OVAC, you may want to take note of a novel released by Wheeling Attorney and long-time OVAC Booster, Dave Liberati. Dave’s novel, Four by ONE, is inspired by actual events in the lives of the four girls that comprised Union Local’s 4 x 100 meter relay team in 2005. It’s dedicated to leadoff runner, Gloria Dawes, who died in a car accident in 2011.
In 2005, Dawes, along with Rita Liberati, Nicole Pryor, and Kirsten Yoho, came from nowhere to qualify for a berth in the OHSAA State Track Meet. There, they set a UL record in the semi’s that still stands. Though they didn’t qualify for the finals, they realized they had accomplished something together that none of them could have done on their own. As Jesse Owens said:
“Friendships born on the field of athletic strife
are the real gold of competition.
Awards become corroded.
Friends gather no dust.”
When Gloria Dawes died in 2011, her three teammates not only lost a close friend, but an intricate part of the identity they had created as a record-setting team. Dave listened to the accounts of their magical season, and the love they had for their teammate. Those stories formed the backdrop of the novel.
Four by ONE is set in fictional Manasseh County, in rural eastern Ohio. The novel follows four girls with a special connection to each other, and the past, as they struggle through a challenging track season while learning to rely on each other in every adversity.
Four by ONE shows the powerful chain of events that can be unleashed when you’re willing to sacrifice for your teammate. It will have you wondering whether anything really happens by coincidence.
Four by ONE has received several 5 star reviews on Amazon, where it can be purchased in paperback or Kindle version. It’s available for Nook at BarnesandNoble.com
More information on Four by ONE is available at daveliberati.com