Blues Dancing: A Novel

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Verdi and Rowe have been living a comfortable existence for the past twenty years. She was the pampered daughter of a prosperous rural preacher when she came to Philadelphia in the seventies -- and he was a conservative professor at the university she was attending, the man who rescued Verdi from an ugly addiction, and left his sophisticated wife for her when he fell in love with the confused young southern girl. It was another student, a poor and militant city boy named Johnson, who awakened Verdi's passionate heart and taught her to love heroin. But Johnson was an obsession Verdi closed her eyes to but never got over, and now he has come back into her life -- rekindling with one look the fire that still smolders in the ashes of the past, sending them both skidding dangerously and uncontrollably toward the mad desires of their youth.

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The author of the critically acclaimed novels Tumbling, Tempest Rising, Blues Dancing, Leaving Cecil Street, and Trading Dreams at Midnight, Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award for Fiction, which she won twice. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband. For more on Diane McKinney-Whetstone please visit www.mckinney-whetstone.com or follow her on Twitter @Dianemckwh.

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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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