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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    The Secrets Behind Real Dancing!

    Are you fantasizing that you're on the hit show, "Dancing With The Stars?" What is it about dancing that is so very, very satisfying that it seems like one's soul is flying free, with all the cares and concerns of the world gone for a brief, luscious time? What's it like when one gets to know real people in a real dance studio? What's happening in between the glamorous, exciting, vibrant moments? How can dance transform one's life?

    Shot twice - once literally in the butt and then again figuratively by her boss, Vivien Gray is unemployed, with a bruised rear end and a very bruised ego! Unable to obtain another journalistic job as an investigative reporter and finding herself in another precarious state in her lower end of middle age state, Vivien comes up with a unique idea and travels to her sister, Melanie's home in Georgia to find out what the scoop really is about suburban lives. The discoveries and surprises are stereotypical and yet Wendy Wax has a delightful manner of presenting them so that it seems like one is reading about these facts and interpretations for the first time, with quite a bit of humor and playfulness added. How, for example can you tell the status of someone driving an SUV of a certain make and year, after considering all of the stickers all over the bumpers and windows?

    The essence of this very readable story, though, is about people changing and evolving, growing apart and then growing closer, speaking one's mind honestly and dealing with the consequences, all in all making pivotal choices and running with the results. So Vivien has to deal with the sense of estrangement she senses in her niece and nephew, as well as the unacknowledged feelings her own sister is harboring against Vivien. Then there's Mom who's never quite satisfied with anything said, done and probably even thought by her daughters or a boyfriend who's never stuck around long enough to establish some depth in a relationship. There's Melanie's friend Ruth whose confidence grows enough to make an incredible challenge to her spouse of many years. On and on we read, moving deeper into the personalities, the talents and quirks of these very human people who are forced to struggle through their crises or forever be stymied by them.

    Wendy Wax knows how to spin a credible, humorous, poignant and provocative story with some incredible issues behind it - all in a style that is surprising, credible and in a very real sense, life-changing.

    Superbly written, Wendy Wax!!! More please!!!

    Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on March 21, 2010

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    Enjoyable Read

    This was a nice, fairly predictable, realistic look at the life of two sisters and
    the friends around them. The sisters appear to be polar opposites until
    their characters are revealed and peeled back to show we are essentially all the
    same and long for the same things in life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Love Wendy Wax!

    Another book of hers I didn't want to end. I just started reading her books within the past few months & this is the 4th one & I am never disappointed.

    She is so good about keeping her readers interested in each & every one of her charactets. It's as if we've known them all our lives & continue wondering about them long after reading her books.

    I hope she writes many more. Keep up the good work!!

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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    Great story about family ties, secrets, and why people do the silly things in life that they do

    I really like this book because the main charecter really learns a lesson about life and living and walking in another persons shoes. She learns how to show care and concern for more than just herself and her own ambitions. I really like the main charecter because she tells it like it is and I can identify with that. Read the book people! You wont be able to put it down. :)

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