Dancing Lessons

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Open Road Media, Feb 19, 2013 - Fiction - 374 pages
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Her mother’s death and her father’s madness leave G unloved and unwanted as a child. Her runaway marriage brings her children but not the fulfillment she yearns for. Many years later, a hurricane destroys her Jamaican country house where she now lives alone and she ends up—unwillingly—in a ritzy retirement home in the city, placed there by her well-to-do but distant daughter.  Displaced and angry, G is forced to deal with her seemingly incompatible housemates and the pain of her past. Surprisingly, she ends up learning to love and laugh, to reconnect with the children she thought she had lost, and to finally gain a sense of belonging.  Told in G’s voice as she writes in her journal—a newfound solace from pain—Dancing Lessons is by turns sad, satirical, hilarious, and ultimately redemptive. It is infused with the cadences and color of Jamaica, yet it connects with anyone anywhere who engages with notions of family, love, loss, friendship, and belonging.

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Jamaican-born Olive Senior is a poet, fiction writer, journalist, and editor, and one of Canada’s most internationally recognized and acclaimed authors. She won the inaugural Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 1987 for her short story collection Summer Lightning and Other Stories and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for her poetry collection Over the Roofs of the World. Her body of work includes four books of poetry, three collections of short stories, a novel, a children’s picture book, and several award-winning nonfiction works on Caribbean culture. Her publishing history can be found at www.olivesenior.com. A study of Senior’s work was recently published by Northcote/The British Council in their series Writers and Their Work. Her work is used in university-level courses on Caribbean writing, particularly in the United States. 

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