Early from the Dance

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Doubleday, 1989 - Artists - 492 pages
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Cary and Adam are best boyhood friends. Then Jane McCrae, comes into their lives like a hurricane. When Cary falls in love with her, the boy's twosome becomes a tightly knit group of three. Because Cary must remain in Killdeer, Adam and Jane head off to the Outer Banks alone, for their last summer together. There they fall under the spell of the Lost Colony. Hotel and its mysterious and charming proprietor. In a summer full of bright promise and heartache, Adam's feelings for Jane force him to make a difficult choice... Thirteen years later, Adam sees Jane in a gilded mirror at a party. Together they set out on a daring present-day journey to recover the past they've both tried to escape. A novel of innocence lost and the redemptive power of memory and forgiveness, Early from the Dance is a rich, entrancing, and unforgettable story from a writer of extraordinary gifts. Book jacket.

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User Review  - Luli81 - LibraryThing

A wonderful realistic story about love, friendship and becoming an adult. Great recollections of lost summers, new experiences, drug abuse. A treat and a wonderful surprise. Read full review

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User Review  - Amethyst26 - LibraryThing

The book is well-written, but the storyline is so involved that I wonder if weeding out (Cary's) backstory a little, and tightening up generally might lessen the overwhelming feeling the reader is ... Read full review


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About the author (1989)

David Payne is the author of three previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award; Early from the Dance; and Ruin Creek. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and now lives in Wells, Vermont.

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