Dance A Little Longer
Baker & Taylor
Teacher Lucy Richards Arnold and her husband, Josh, the local school principal, struggle with parenting, family tragedy, farming, and small-town life in rural West Texas during the Great Depression
Blackwell North Amer
The year is 1931 and Lucy Richards Arnold - mother to a demandingly precocious four-year-old son - is in rural West Texas, teaching in the school where her husband, Josh, is principal. While trying to win over a community that seems to have little respect for formal education, Lucy and Josh are also struggling to make a success of their neglected farm during a drought and the bleak hard times of the Great Depression.
Out of this barren landscape rich and colorful characters emerge as if from a fertile land: above all there is Josh, impulsive and contemplative, passionate and wise, who loves in ways few men are capable of loving and whose only fear is losing Lucy; there is Meg, a fifteen-year-old, who is able to hear the grass grow and smell out rattlers and whose ardent heart and natural wisdom are focused solely on keeping her small charge, John Patrick, safe; there is Mueller, who had always wanted to "look in a book and know what was in it" and who had hoped his sons would take a liking to the new principal; there is Bud Foster, a down-and-out cowboy who knows that "sometimes a man has to go on down the road and find something"; and there is Miriah, with a magic all her own, who waits confidently for her husband to return from the arms of another woman.
Before the year's end, Lucy is faced with a loss of such magnitude that she must struggle to find a way to recapture the joy in her very existence.
With the same wry sense of humor and tender but never sentimental touch that captivated readers of the first two best-selling books in the trilogy, The Train to Estelline and A Place Called Sweet Shrub, Jane Roberts Wood's Dance a Little Longer delivers what the title promises - a dance of the heart. It is Jane Roberts Wood at her finest.
Teacher Lucy Richards Arnold and her husband, Josh, the local school principal, struggle with parenting, family tragedy, farming, and small-town life in rural West Texas during the Great Depression. 30,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo.
New York : Delacorte Press, c1993
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233 p. ;,22 cm.