Day 1 – Recent Purchase: Blues Dancing is “a work that fuses past and present, character and place with a transfixing lyricism that shimmers in its detail. A richly spun story of love, passion, betrayal, and redemption. Blues Dancing grapples with the meaning of faith, forgiveness, and familial bonds, in a narrative that moves seamlessly between the Philadelphia of contemporary times and the city in the early 1970s.”(inside cover of Blues Dancing) I can’t wait to pick this one up,especially after reading the first chapter and that cover is everything!
Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the celebrated author of two well received novels Tumbling and Tempest Rising. Tumbling was her first novel and was published in 1996. McKinney-Whetstone was born in Philadelphia into a family of four daughters. She began writing at the age of 39 years old. After winning a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant for a 500 page first draft, her first novel Tumbling was published soon after. She’s written other novels such as Leaving Cecil Street, Philadelphia Blues, and Trading Dreams at Midnight. Her novels all take place in the city of Philadelphia in the center of the black community. Her latest historical fiction novel Lazaretto is due to be released on April 12, 2016.
My copy: Blues Dancing, hardcover – 307 pages
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