The Belly Dancer

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A scandal that shocks a nation...and a passion that transforms a woman.

At the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the modern, the exotic, and the ground-breaking collide. But Dora Chambers has more pressing matters to consider. Hoping to begin a life of wealth and privilege in Chicago, she sets out to earn the approval of the Fair's Board of Lady Managers to appease her ambitious, aloof husband. Unimpressed, they give Dora the distasteful task of ...

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Overview


A scandal that shocks a nation...and a passion that transforms a woman.

At the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the modern, the exotic, and the ground-breaking collide. But Dora Chambers has more pressing matters to consider. Hoping to begin a life of wealth and privilege in Chicago, she sets out to earn the approval of the Fair's Board of Lady Managers to appease her ambitious, aloof husband. Unimpressed, they give Dora the distasteful task of enforcing proper conduct at the Egyptian belly dancing exhibition.

But Dora's sensibilities are not so easily flustered. She finds herself captivated by these exotic women, and by their enigmatic manager, Hossam Farouk, who makes his mistrust of her known-although his lingering glances hint at something else.

As Dora's eyes are opened to the world beyond a life of social expectations and quiet servitude, she finds the courage to break free of her self-imposed bondage, and discovers the truth about the desire and passion in her own heart.

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While Cameron depicts with accuracy and sympathy the very real plight of women in 19th century America, uneven pacing and character development weaken this debut. When the World's Fair arrives in Chicago in 1893, women are sexually repressed and strictly ruled by their husbands. Newlywed Dora Chambers goes to great lengths to keep her banker husband, Charles, happy, even ingratiating herself with a dreadful group of snotty socialites who oversee the decorum of the fair's more exotic exhibits, like the popular Egyptian belly dancing attraction. Dora is given the task of toning down the Egyptian dancers' act, strikes up a friendship with the troupe, and together they appease the outraged female population by modifying their dance and adding scarves to disguise their curves. Dora's husband, impatient with her virginal fear of the marriage bed, quickly resumes relations with his powerful and rich mistress, a widow who despises Dora and knows the secrets that can ruin Dora's social standing. Despite the intriguing subject and historical period, Dora's startling transformation under the tutelage of the dance troupe feels unreal, even though the story is based on fact.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425246566
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint Other
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,406,905
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

DeAnna Cameron served as editor of Orange Coast, a regional lifestyle magazine, and worked at several Southern California newspapers before turning to fiction.

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  • Posted June 26, 2009

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    a terrific historical tale

    Leaving New Orleans with her new husband, Dora Chambers vows to be a good wife. To obtain her spouse's approving regard, she joins Chicago's Fair's Board of Lady Managers. However, her efforts do not register with him as he remains distant and colder than the city's weather in winter.

    The Fair's Board of Lady Managers assigns Dora to the seemingly nasty task of monitoring the belly dancing exhibition at the World's Fair. While the prim and proper female elite laugh at Dora, she finds the assignment fun, likes and admirers the dancers and is attracted to their manager, Hossam Farouk. He is an enigma to her as his voice says he distrusts her, but his eyes say he wants her. Inside the pavilion, Dora feels free unlike outside where she lives in a gilded cage.

    The setting of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago provides more than just a wonderful backdrop as people from around the globe show off the best of their respective societies. In that venue, the innocent heroine, while trying to please her husband's family and friends, becomes Dora the "Explorer". However what she mostly scrutinizes is herself as she wants to break out of the chains society places on women, but also fears the consequences. THE BELLY DANCER is a terrific historical tale that proudly salutes the nineteenth century suffragette movement leaders and their everyday troops while also affirming society is so much stronger when barriers of specifically group aimed restraints are limited.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    A 24-Hour, Stove-Stirring Read!!!

    It has been many years since I was so engrossed in a book that I found myself reading it all day long, all night long, even while I was stirring the spaghetti sauce on the stove, pausing only long enough to go to work and get some much needed sleep! For someone whose life has been irrevocably changed by this dance form, DeAnna Cameron has woven a beautiful tapestry around the mysterious details of this King Arthur of our world, and who she could have been...and also something more. She has captured so much of the essence of what draws woman after woman (and others) to this dance. The way it changes our lives. The way it changes us from the inside out in ways that, if we continue to dance, we are powerless to stop. Even those who simply do the movements from their minds are affected, but those of us who allow The Rhythm to overtake us, to infuse every cell in our bodies cannot help but undergo purification, transformation. Sometimes it feels as though we've been put through a rock-polisher, but once we accept and follow our hearts, follow the heartbeat of the drum...there is no comparison and we can never settle again. This book tells that story!

    Over 100 years have passed, yet today's woman can still relate to these dilemmas--the driving fear of needing to please, to conform, to do things right in order to hold onto the life one has worked so hard to build, and the immense release that comes with finding one's soul and realizing that there is an entire world out there, just waiting to be lived in. This book was full of so much color and scent and taste and movement (or excruciating lack thereof)! These were characters that I could totally feel for and hope for and smack my head over. Even the antagonists--I couldn't truly hate them because I could see their dilemmas as well, even if I didn't like how they handled it--and that makes my day in any good story. These characters weren't just two-dimensional, which really kept me hooked and turning page after page until I finally found out the answers to my burning questions.

    For the belly dancer in me, it was phenomenal to see imaginative life breathed into this world that is such an enigmatic part of our heritage. For the girl who grew up in a tiny, rural Northland town, then found her soul and the world through an activity that raises many eyebrows and has been the subject of many a scandalous impression, it is a triumph to see this book in print. For the instructor in me, I am excited about the thought that maybe this story will bring even more appreciation and understanding to this wondrous art form and culture. Becoming a belly dancer has given me a new life, has saved my life, has brought me to life. DeAnna Cameron gets that.

    Of course she does. She's not just a writer--she's also a belly dancer.

    --From Another Isidora

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2009

    TERRIFIC STORY!!!

    I FINISHED IT ALREADY!! What an awesome story of a woman finding her inner self and strength. The descriptions of each of the characters really brought them to life. I can hardly wait for the next book!!

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