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Blues Dancing, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, 0060799064 Blues Dancing

Diane McKinney-Whetstone

ISBN: 0060799064
Format: Paperback, 336pp
Pub. Date: March 2005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
List Price: $13.95
BBP Price: $11.16 Save 20%

 
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Blues Dancing, Diane McKinney-Whetstone, 0060799064

FROM THE PUBLISHER

From Diane McKinney-Whetstone, the beloved author of the highly acclaimed
novels Tumbling and Tempest Rising, comes Blues Dancing, a work that fuses
past and present, character and place with a transfixing lyricism that
shimmers in its detail. A richly spun story of love, passion, betrayal, and
redemption. Blues Dancing grapples with the meaning of faith, forgiveness,
and familial bonds, in a narrative that moves seamlessly between the
Philadelphia of contemporary times and the city in the early 1970s.

Verdi, the pampered daughter of a prosperous southern preacher, comes to
Philadelphia in the seventies to enroll at the university and is immediately
drawn to Johnson, a university student as well, though also a city boy, poor
and militant. Their differences seal their hearts to each other until Johnson
teaches her the one thing that will change her life forever-how to love
heroin. Enter Rowe, a conservative professor who rescues Verdi drom her ugly
addiction even as he falls in love with her, leaving his sophisticated wife
for this very confused southern girl.

As the novel opens, Verdi and Rowe have been living a comfortable existence
for the past twenty years-she is the newly appointed principal at a school
for special learners-but she feels her world teeter off-balance when she
unpins a note from the blouse of her most precious student, her close
cousin's daughter, and learns that Johnson is back in town. Once Verdi and
Johnson lay eyes on each other they know that the years have not dulled their
passion, and they skid uncontrollabley toward the desires of their youth.

Smooth as jazz, belted out with the rhythm and intensity that have become the
hallmarks of McKinney-Whetsone's engaging style, Blues Dancing is both
poignant and compelling, capturing brilliantly both the desperate struggle to
reconcile passion with accountability and the redemptive powers of love's
rediscovery.






 

 
 

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