Dancing on the Edge of the Roof: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 19, 2009 - Fiction - 240 pages
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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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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
4
Section 3
5
Section 4
15
Section 5
25
Section 6
36
Section 7
46
Section 8
63
Section 11
105
Section 12
131
Section 13
151
Section 14
164
Section 15
176
Section 16
185
Section 17
191
Section 18
200

Section 9
71
Section 10
90
Section 19
220
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