Feature book: Dancing Backwards in High Heels
This was a fun easy read, perfect to snuggle up and read with a cuppa on the couch. Even though I’m in a completely different point in my life—single lady, living on her own for the very first time, with no dependents, I could still relate to the issues that Madeleine faced in this book.
Why is that? In the simplest of terms—it’s because Ms Darcas has managed to write a story that’s real; the dialogue is honest, Madeleine’s character is authentic, her issues with feeling like she’s a non-entity are real. She could be anyone and I think that’s the beauty of the story. We all need to find ourselves, whether it’s as a mother, wife or, like Madeleine, as a rediscovery of self.
I thought the ballroom dancing aspect of the story was a lot of fun, and I think it’s the perfect outlet for Ms Darcas to use for the character of Madeleine. Both because she is familiar with the ins and outs of the dancing world and because what is more fun and freeing than dance? It’s something that every culture partakes in and places importance on. Dancing is an extension of you. I also love the chapter headers, which all relate to dance in some way and in some aspect, to the story itself; my two favourite being, Chapter 2, pg 15. ‘Dancing’s just a conversation between two people. Talk to me.’ Hope Floats (This could also be because I keep picturing myself dancing with Harry Connick Jnr) and Chapter 11, pg 164. ‘Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.’ Samuel Beckett.
I’ve recommended this as a new edition for purchase for book club. I think it’ll appeal to a lot of our readers, as there’s plenty to discuss, it’s easy to relate to and even better—the book comes with an author interview and book group questions!
reviewed by Cathy Q
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book. The giveaway closes on 22 August 2012. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Natalie M.)