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Dancing Backwards

Dancing Backwards

Author(s): Salley Vickers

Location(s): New York City (NYC), The Atlantic Ocean

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s, Modern



Violet Hetherington has taken the rash step of joining a transatlantic cruise ship to New York to visit Edwin, an old friend. As she makes the six day crossing, she relives the traumatic events that led to her losing Edwin’s friendship, and abandoning her career as a poet, for the safety of marriage and domesticity.

Despite her natural reserve, she meets a rich variety of passengers travelling with her, who affect her understanding of her own past. Most significantly, she meets Dino, the dance host, whose motives in befriending Vi are shady, but who teaches her to ballroom dance – and inadvertently helps her to recover from her past.

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‘Salley Vickers has a gift for making the most unlikely settings for fiction absolutely compelling…peerless story telling.’ Independent

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