Dancing in the Kitchen
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Dancing in the Kitchen explores the unraveling of secrets in a New England family after the unexpected death of the father. The story is set in the fall of 1989 in a mill town in Maine, a New Hampshire village, and the Midlands of England. It is narrated alternately by the grown children—Annie, a minister's wife who has fallen into a troubled affair with her husband's best friend, and Rob, a labor historian who resists his sister's interpretations of their shared past even as his own relationships become complicated by emotional legacies and a mysterious stranger.
Returning to her childhood home in Three Rivers, Maine, two months after her father’s death, Annie struggles to understand the past, certain that in its mysteries lie the answers to her present dilemma. An artist and the mother of a four-year-old daughter, she finds herself caught between a faltering marriage and an affair that has rekindled her long dormant passion for painting.
The central dilemma for all the characters is whether they will follow their passions and actively seek out joy in their lives, or stay in honorable but at some level loveless relationships. Grief impels them into risky territory, and their choices are complicated. There is inevitably an emotional price to pay, as Annie has always known and Rob belatedly realizes.
Entertaining and So Well Written
I decided to read this on impulse given the reasonable price and subject matter and was astounded at how good a writer the author is. I have never heard of her and do not typically read authors I do not know but am so glad I read this book, which takes place in New England and in the UK, and involves a family dealing with relationships following the death of the father. There are some sentences in here that stopped me in my tracks to savor the quality of the writing and the original metaphors. Getting both a great story and great writing together in one place as an ebook for three dollars is wonderful. I later read that a portion of the ebook proceeds go to literacy charities, a nice touch. Highly recommend.
An Engrossing Read
From the first arresting sentence, this book captivated me; it lays bare the devastating consequences of a family's unusual secrets, yet the characters are all sensitively and empathetically drawn. I loved it!
I think this would be a very successful indie movie. Worth turning it into a screenplay