In Dancing on the Edge of the Roof, we witness the birth of a writeror rather two writers. Its the first novel for Sheila Williams, who spent a couple of decades pursuing a corporate career and raising a family before a bad novel inspired her to return to writing on the theory that surely she could do better. And its the story of a 42-year-old woman from the Columbus, Ohio projects who is inspired by romance novels to run away from home, seeking adventure so that shell have something more interesting to write about in her diary than her life of endless work, ungrateful grown children, and worthless men. Juanitas quest takes her to Paper Moon, Montana, where she meets a succession of colorful characters, finds romance, and becomes something of a curiosity herself as the only black person for miles and miles. As her heroines vocabulary and confidence grow, Williams does a skillful dance of her own, sustaining a light-hearted, almost fairy-tale quality while exploring questions of self-respect, tough love, and the courage to change.
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