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A Novel
By Sallie Bingham

"Bingham's fiction just gets better and better. The forceful energy of her female protagonists gives readers of either gender a fresh sense of pssibilities, of new directions--impetus to change the rhythms of their own lives." --Daily News, Bolling Green, Kentucky

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Melanie is a dancer--the most unlikely dancer in the world, a woman who has had a hard life, waitressing, raising a son alone, putting up with an abusive husband. Late in life, she decides to pursue one dream, a dream she can't afford, which her husband opposes: she will become a skilled ballroom dancer, moving to the old love songs that have never applied to her life. And she wants to learn to lead! As she takes lessons, scrapes up the money to pay for costumes, and prepares for her first competition, she faces increasing opposition. But she persists, entering the glamorous, demanding world of professional dancing with an innocence and a determination that will change her life.

SALLIE BINGHAM'S first novel was published shortly after she graduated from Radcliffe, followed by six more novels and three collections of short stories celebrating the lives of women and focusing on adventurous women whose challenges and choices illustrate the social changes of the twenty-first century. Her short stories and poetry have been widely published and her plays have been produced both off-Broadway and around the country. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center, and is the founder of The Kentucky Foundation for Women. Her other books from Sunstone Press include Cory’s Feast, a novel, and Hub of the Miracle, a collection of poetry.

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