Austin Gary A Delicate Dance

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A Delicate Dance

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9780692569528: A Delicate Dance

"A Delicate Dance" is a fictional biography written by the son of famous author, Clarkson Gregory--in an attempt to salvage his father's reputation, which has been impugned in a poison-pen novel by a former admirer. Having spent most of his life locked in a contentious father/son battle, Thad Gregory seems the least likely defender of his controlling and demanding father. However, in doing so, he discovers the father he only thought he knew. The novel is full of crackling dialogue and literary references of the 20th century's most famous literati and glitterati. Readers of literary fiction, LGBTQ themes and family dramas will find "A Delicate Dance" to be an enlightening read. * * * From Foreword Reviews: "A Delicate Dance is an illuminating must-read for those who devour family dramas. Austin Gary delves into the tangled two-step of familial love, being overshadowed by a parent, and, ultimately, forgiveness. The book also deals with the timely issue of caring for one’s parents. Using a memoir as a narrative structure, Gary jumps from scene to scene and paints a brilliant portrait of the narrator (the son of one of 20th centuries greatest authors, Clarkson Gregory), his sister, and his parents, and the complex relationships in the family. For Gregory's son, Thad, living beneath the weight of his overbearing, critical father, noted writer Clarkson Gregory, suffocates him. Thad’s asphyxiation is made heavier by the fact that his family suspects him of being homosexual, and that the adult son is trying to become a writer in his own right. Gregory’s wife, Susan, remains devoted to the literary giant despite his temper, delusions, arrogance, and addictions. To quote one of Gary’s deliciously apt literary similes: “As for mom, her patience with dad’s idiosyncrasies made Job look like a slacker.” "A Delicate Dance" is...an illuminating must-read for those who devour family dramas."

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Austin Gary is an American novelist, also known as a BMI award-winning songwriter for "The Car" by Jeff Carson (as Gary Heyde) and recordings by other country performers like Tammy Wynette and John Berry, and as Associate Producer of albums by Carson, Berry and Hank Williams, Jr.'s Hog Wild album. Also a storyteller, he has appeared on Seattle Public radio station KUOW with personal stories about Thornton Wilder and the Martin Luther King assassination and A Guide To Visitors--The Best Of Stories On Stage.Among his many varied professions, he has been a noted teacher, an intuitive numerologist, an advertising creative director, radio/television jingle composer and newspaper editor. He also spent a short time as a mucker in a horse stable."A Delicate Dance" was a short-list finalist for the Faulkner-Wisdom prize for Novels-in-Progress in 2014. His novel, The Queerling published in October 2013, was a short-list finalist in 2012 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition and was a 2013 IndieFab Award Finalist from ForeWord Reviews. His novel, "Miss Madeira" published in August 2011, was a finalist in the 2009 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition and a finalist (short list) in ForeWords First Debut Fiction competition. His historical novel, "Genius," was a Finalist (Short List) in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Literary Competition and a finalist in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Writers Assoc. Literary Competition. His novels, "Miss Madeira" and "Genius" have both been adapted into plays.He currently lives in Chicago, IL.

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BOOK OF THE YEAR Indiefab Award Winner!5-STAR Review from Foreword Reviews.This is an illuminating must-read for those who devour family dramas.
Austin Gary's novel, A Delicate Dance, delves into the tangled two-step of familial love, being overshadowed by a parent, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
For Thad, living beneath the weight of his overbearing, critical father, noted writer Clarkson Gregory, suffocates him. Thad's asphyxiation is made heavier by the fact that his family suspects him of being homosexual, and that the adult son is trying to become a writer in his own right. Being extremely close to a childhood friend of the same gender only helps to fuel the parents' suspicions about their son's sexuality and provokes them to maintain an attitude of thinly veiled homophobia. To complicate matters further, Thad attempts to come to terms with all these issues by writing Gregory's biography.
Using a memoir as a narrative structure, Gary jumps from scene to scene and paints a brilliant portrait of the narrator, his sister, and his parents, and the complex relationships in the family. Gregory's wife, Susan, remains devoted to the literary giant despite his temper, delusions, arrogance, and addictions. To quote one of Gary's deliciously apt literary similes: "As for mom, her patience with dad's idiosyncrasies made Job look like a slacker." Many of the book's sentences contain large parts separated from the main phrase by dashes. Such stylistic choices, as well as titling the chapters with Latin phrases, underscores the erudition and verbal finesse possessed by Thad and Gregory.
The book also deals with the timely issue of caring for one's parents, as Thad's sister, Tina, finds herself caring for the ailing man after Susan passes away while Thad attempts to keep his distance from a dad he considers toxic. Within the biography, Thad tries to defend Gregory against one of his detractors even as he recounts prickly events in his dad's life. The book's genius of Thad coming to terms with multiple people in Gregory's life adroitly underscores the narrative's poignant theme of reconciliation. As Thad grows up and struggles to differentiate himself from his father, he shows the universal need to establish himself on his own merits.
As Thad dances around the issue of whether to repair his relationship with his father, there are many beautifully done scenes with Thad and his childhood friend Ben, at different ages. The closeness of the boys as they grow into young men hints at a burgeoning romance between them.
This is an illuminating must-read for those who devour family dramas.

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