Blues Dancing

Blues Dancing

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My aunt says if you smell butter on a foggy night you're getting ready to fall in love.For the last twenty years, the beautiful Verdi Mae has led a comfortable life with Rowe, the conservative professor who rescued her from addiction when she was an undergrad. But her world is about to shift when the smell of butter lingers in the air and Johnson -- the boy from the back streets of Philadelphia who pulled her into the fire of passion and all the shadows cast from it -- returns to town.

In "this story of self-discovery that moves seamlessly between the early 1970s and early 1990s" (Publishers Weekly starred review), acclaimed writer Diane McKinney-Whetstone takes readers into a world of erotic love, drugs, and political activism, and beautifully illustrates the struggle to reconcile passion with accountability and the redemptive powers of love's rediscovery.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 307 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060799064
  • 9780060799069
  • 2,166,742

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McKinney-Whitestone uses her gift for language to weave a love story that spans more than twenty years and three lives..." Blues Dancing is a novel well worth curling up with a long winter's night.--" Essence"She ought to be classified among the best of all contemporary fiction writers, period."-- "Detroit Free Press""Delving into the Philadelphia she claimed in her first two novels (Tumbling; Tempest Rising), McKinney-Whetstone gives a rhapsodic performance in this story of self-discovery that moves seamlessly between the early 1970's and early '90's...Pitch-perfect dialogue and a keen eye capture the spirit and cadences of the early 70's...Flashbacks to the early days of the erstwhile lovers' relationship shimmer with the intoxication of first love, while their later encounters powerfully reveal their vulnerability to old desires...readers (become) passionately involved in the fates of these winning characters."--Publisher's Weekly, *starred review*?A fine tale?the author wraps the characters in emotions so acute that readers can virtually taste Johnson's sadness, Verdi's innocence, and Rowe's manipulation.?--Black Issues Book Review?Diane McKinney Whetstone has a gift for secrets'personal secrets, family secrets, childhood secrets. She excels at the art of imitation, allowing tensions to build to a breaking point before clearing the air with a dramatic revelation?Blues Dancing is no exception, with multiple secrets and drama to spare.? --The Philadelphia Inquirer?Novelist Diane McKinney Whetstone makes readers settle in and get comfortable. Closing her latest book Blues Dancing is reminiscent of moving from a beloved neighborhood and leaving behind friends who are likefamily.?--Emerge?McKinney Whetstone's strength'apparent in all her work, including Blues Dancing'is plot development. Her novels have a page-turning quality, long the most overlooked skill in novel writing?Blues Dancing is McKinney-Whetstone's most writerly novel to date.?--Philadelphia Weekly?Johnson steals this stirring novel.?--The Baltimore Sun?In an era when most writers bank on hype and hook to grab a reader's attention, McKinney Whetstone has amassed an enthusiastic cadre of readers by writing engaging characters supported by enchanting language.?--Bet Weekend
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679 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 46% (310)
4 34% (230)
3 17% (113)
2 3% (17)
1 1% (9)
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