Dave Gioia Himba Pond Dance

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Himba Pond Dance

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Trey Hollinswood, 15, and his thirteen-year-old sister Kim are dealing with a lot: Their parents separate; the bank forecloses on their home; they stay with their mom in a homeless shelter and then in the home of a customer, Walt, she meets at work. The atmosphere at Walt’s is tense and life for Trey and Kim is made more difficult because they’re forced to share a bedroom. Like all young people, they have issues; Trey his burgeoning sex drive and Kim the fact that she has no interest in acting or looking girlish and is sometimes mistaken for a boy. They struggle to grow up and, in the process, learn about love and the importance of friendship; Trey with Julie, Walt’s seventeen-year-old daughter, and Emily, a cotillion partner, and Kim with Cyd, a girl she meets in her soccer league. Their coming-of-age stories are two of many stories about people of all ages dealing with life and relationships in Southern California during the Great Recession.

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Some thoughts about Himba Pond Dance...If you're like most people in the U.S., or the Western world for that matter, you didn't escape the effects of the financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing market meltdown and decline in the value of investments and real estate and loss of savings.
 
My primary purpose in writing Himba Pond Dance was to examine life in a typical middle class family here in Southern California hit hard by the financial crisis and struggling to get by during the Great Recession. The story soon developed into one about relationships between people of all ages and differing ages, which isn't surprising since my interest in relationships is endless. They are the glue that binds us all together as human beings and nothing is more interesting or fascinating to me.
 
I subtitled Himba Pond Dance "Growing Up Is Never Easy and Never Ends" because that is my experience in life. No matter how adult and mature we might think we are we continue to be confronted by the sudden and unexpected and are forced to make difficult choices and decisions. If you're like me when this happens you sometimes feel the way you did when you were a kid -- over your head in deep and uncharted waters.
 
Just as 12-year-old Dee Dee is a strong adolescent protagonist in my debut novel, Valley of Saint Anne, Trey and Kim are in Himba Pond Dance. Having had such a delightful time with Dee Dee's character I was eager to continue the experience in Himba Pond Dance with 15-year-old Trey and his 13-year-old sister Kim. They are quite a pair, a bit more private than Dee Dee but just as inquisitive and observant and extremely resilient. They might seem more defiant than Dee Dee but that's only because of their circumstances.
 
Sexuality is another subject of endless interest and fascination to me and just as I do in Valley of Saint Anne I explore it and sexual identity in particular extensively in Himba Pond Dance,most notably in the relationship between Kim and Cyd.
 
Kim is at that stage where she's just beginning to develop physically and this combined with the fact that she's not interested in looking or acting girly and is more interested in playing soccer than boys causes her to sometimes be mistaken for a boy. She tries her best not to let it get to her but it hurts all the same. Kim is approached after a game by Cyd, a player on the opposing team, who, in her own way, looks as boyish and seems to be equally uninterested in boys. Together they set out on an exploration of sexual identity that is as confusing and scary as it is exciting and exhilarating.
 
Trey isn't at all confused about his sexual identity. He's every bit the boy at that stage where he's discovered the pleasure of masturbation and can't get enough of it. As intelligent and respectful as he is of girls, he can't help fantasizing about them as sexual objects and welcomes every opportunity to be alone with them. Trey's journey leads him to discover that the girls in his life are more than just the means to satisfy his sexual appetite, that they also serve the valuable purpose of helping him to understand himself better, to grow and mature and become a responsible young adult, as difficult and painful as that can be sometimes.
 
Infidelity is another subject I examine in the story and do so as it affects several relationships, each of them differently. If you've been unfaithful in a relationship or someone has been unfaithful to you then you know how devastating and lasting its effects can be. Forgiving unfaithfulness is, I believe, one of the most difficult things in life for people to do and most people can't, not truly, which is why most relationships don't survive it. Once trust is broken it's next to impossible to restore it.
 
It's the "next to impossible" part that intrigues me and that I wanted to explore in this story. The fact of the matter is that when someone we love is unfaithful to us it doesn't necessarily mean that we stop loving the person. Certainly we view the person differently but it's also true that we learn more about the person and ourselves as a result and sometimes what we learn softens the heart and enables us to forgive and when we do we become open to life again and once that happens anything is possible.
 
A final thought about my interest in writing about sexual identity. Obviously, it's a defining aspect of who we are as human beings but it's not a matter of "black or white" but more of varying shades of gray, which makes it a fascinating subject to write about. The "nature versus nurture" question aside, it's a fact that while some people self-identify early on as "straight" or "gay", others begin life "straight" and discover later they're "gay" and vice-versa. Still others begin life "straight" and remain that way yet have same-sex experiences and vice-versa. Some consider themselves asexual only to discover that with the right person in the right situation they're anything but while others discover they're attracted to both sexes. For some the issue of sexual identity is further complicated when they discover they're the wrong gender.
 
There is also a political aspect to my interest. I have close and dear friends in the LGBT community and I want them represented in my stories, not gratuitously or as tokens but as central characters and people who are a vital part of society. I've experienced vicariously through friends the struggle of people in the LGBT community for equal rights. My personal feeling is that to discriminate against anyone based on his or her sexual orientation is ignorant and should be criminal, which it is in certain cases. Social mores change slowly but thankfully great strides have been made in just the last few years to afford gays the equal rights as citizens they have long deserved and been denied.
 
There is an older married lesbian couple, Angie and Phyllis, in Himba Pond Dance, gallery owners in Laguna Beach, CA, not far from where I live. They're New Yorkers and were married in Vermont, the first state to legalize gay marriage. I first wrote the scene in which Kim and Cyd pay Angie and Phyllis a visit and have a conversation with them in 2011. At the time gay marriage was illegal in California and when Phyllis voiced her optimism that it would soon be legal Angie scoffed and rolled her eyes. As much as I hoped Phyllis was right and knew in my heart she was I have to say I shared Angie's skepticism. I'm happy to say that gay marriage is now legal in California and the sooner it's the law of the land the better.

About the Author:

Dave Gioia lives and writes in Southern California, the setting for both his debut novel, Valley of Saint Anne, and second novel, Himba Pond Dance. The atmosphere, landscape, landmarks, politics and culture of the place inform both of these novels but the subjects they deal with are universal. Dave's novels are character-driven stories about contemporary life that explore relationship between people of all ages, which can be can be warm, tender and loving and also cool, harsh and hateful. When you observe people interacting and reacting to each other in Dave's novels you will see the entire spectrum of human emotions on display. Dave's third novel will be available in the summer of 2014. To keep abreast of work-in-progress and availability visit www.DaveGioia.com. Enjoy Dave's novels and please recommend them!

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