Not In Jersey: What I’ve Been Reading #62 Featuring Ballroom What I’ve Been Reading #62 Featuring Ballroom - Not In Jersey

Friday, September 19, 2014

What I’ve Been Reading #62 Featuring Ballroom

I received this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review.

Ballroom by Alice Simpson is a series of interconnecting stories of six people who have something in common – every Sunday they dance at a New York City dance hall. Although the book takes place in 1999, the characters and the descriptions of the ballroom itself make the story seem more historic.

“Time has eroded the glamour of the Ballroom, but at the end of the 1990s, a small crowd of loyal patrons still makes its way past the floor-to-ceiling columns which frame the once grand hall each Sunday evening. Sweeping across the worn parquet floor under a peeling indigo ceiling, these men and women succumb to the magic of the music, looking for love and connection, eager to erase the drab reality of their complicated lives. Nearly forty and still single, Sarah Dreyfus is desperate for love and sure she’ll find it with debonair Gabriel Katz, a dazzling peacock who dances to distract himself from his crumbling marriage. Tired of the bachelor life, Joseph believes that his yearning for a wife and family will be fulfilled—if only he can get Sarah to notice him. Besotted with beautiful young Maria Rodriguez, elderly dance instructor Harry Korn knows they can find happiness together. Maria, who—thanks in part to Harry’s instruction and encouragement—is one of the stars of Sunday nights at the Ballroom along with her partner, Angel Morez, has a dream of her own, a passion her broken-hearted father refuses to accept or understand.”

The pasts of the six characters are revealed throughout the book and their connections with one another make their stories that much more interesting. The characters range in age from young to old and the book contains a sense of nostalgia related to their hobby of dance. While this isn’t the typical type of novel I read, I enjoyed the way the book was put together and the way the story was told.

What have you been reading lately?


Janine Huldie said...

I am so happy that we can recommend books to each other and going to check this book out now, too ;)

HeatherTLC said...

I've always been fascinating by ballroom dancing - it seems to me to be such an absorbing passion!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Dara said...

I enjoy that too!

Dara said...

I wish I could dance! :)

Alice Simpson said...

Hi Dara,

Thank you for reading BALLROOM and writing a review on your blog.

I appreciate that you liked the way the book was put together, the way the
characters' stories were told and the way they connect— or should I say attempt
to connect. For this ballroom universe, there is a disconnect between
who they are in their daily lives and who they become when they dance.

Although each has a passion and commitment to the art of ballroom dancing, they are, for the most part, unable to bring either to their relationships. What they
share is that they are isolated souls, who want their lives to be different. They
are all looking for someone or something that will bring them fulfillment, and find only brief moments of belonging.

Still dancing,

Dara said...

thanks so much for your comment!

BuriedInPrint said...

It does have a classic sort of feel to it, doesn't it. It seems impossible to imagine the story being told in this way with a different kind of dance as the link; I feel like the style of the dance imbues the storytelling wholly and completely.

Dara said...

agreed, thanks for the comment!