Dancing on the Edge of the Roof: A Novel
At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon. She wants adventure and excitement–if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.
Juanita’s new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess’s stove serving up home cookin’ that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin’ through, now has a job by popular demand.
Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita’s heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town. She’s happy in Paper Moon; she’s found a home, but can she stay? And then there’s Jess. She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love.
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African Queen ain't Amish anyway Arcadia Lake asked baby bacon Bertie Bobby Smith breakfast breath chuckled cigarette coffee cook counter Croque monsieur dance diner door Dracula eggs Elma face felt floor funny gonna grinned guess hair hand hash browns head hear heard hell huge Jess's eyes Juanita kids knew lake Lakota laughed listened live looked Louis ma'am Mary menu Mignon Millie Millie's Missoula Momma Montana morning Mountain never night nothin Old Boy orange juice pancakes Paper Moon Peaches porch pulled Randy Rashawn remember scared Sheila Williams shit shook shoulders shrugged sister sitting smell smiled smoke sound stared stay stopped stuff suitcases talk Teishia tell things thought tiny told took tuna salad turned Uncle Jess voice walked watched What's woman wondered Yeah