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Dancing Lessons
Fiction
Trade paperback with French flaps
9781770860476
Publisher: Cormorant Books, 2011

Paperback
9781938604492
Publisher: Dzanc Books, 2014

Ebook (Dzanc books)
  • Shortlisted for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award
  • Shortlisted the Commonwealth Book Prize
  • Longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
  • A Globe and Mail notable book of 2011

Her mother's death and her father's madness leave G unloved and unwanted as a child. Her runaway marriage brings her children but not the fulfilment she yearns for. Many years later, a hurricane destroys her Jamaican country house where she now lives alone and she ends up - unwillingly -  in a ritzy retirement home in the city, placed there by her well-to-do but distant daughter. Displaced and angry, G is forced to deal with her seemingly incompatible housemates and the pain of her past. Surprisingly, she ends up learning to love and laugh, to reconnect with the children she thought she had lost, and to finally gain a sense of belonging. Told in G's voice as she writes in her journal - a new-found solace from pain - Dancing Lessons is by turns sad, satirical, hilarious, and ultimately redemptive. A novel infused with the cadences and colour of Jamaica yet connecting with anyone anywhere who engages with notions of family, love, loss, friendship, and belonging.
As a novel it is compelling, its heroine unforgettable.... A simply wonderful read.
GLOBE AND MAIL

Brilliant and insightful writing 
LAURA TANNA (Letter from Laura, The Sunday Gleaner 11 December 2011)

This novel is a jewel that promises the reader a lesson in dancing to the right tune
JAMAICA SUNDAY OBSERVER (18 December 2011)