Ballroom: A Novel

Ballroom: A Novel

by Alice Simpson


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Told in interconnecting stories, Ballroom is a beautifully crafted debut novel—reminiscent of the works of Elizabeth Strout and Jennifer Haigh—about a group of strangers united by a desire to escape their complicated lives, if only for a few hours each week, in a faded New York City dance hall.

Time has eroded the glamour of the Ballroom, but at the end of the 1990s, a small crowd of loyal patrons still makes its way past the floor-to-ceiling columns which frame the once grand hall each Sunday evening. Sweeping across the worn parquet floor under a peeling indigo ceiling, these men and women succumb to the magic of the music, looking for love and connection, eager to erase the drab reality of their complicated lives.

Nearly forty and still single, Sarah Dreyfus is desperate for love and sure she’ll find it with debonair Gabriel Katz, a dazzling peacock who dances to distract himself from his crumbling marriage. Tired of the bachelor life, Joseph believes that his yearning for a wife and family will be fulfilled—if only he can get Sarah to notice him. Besotted with beautiful young Maria Rodriguez, elderly dance instructor Harry Korn knows they can find happiness together. Maria, one of the Ballroom’s stars, has a dream of her own, a passion her broken-hearted father refuses to accept or understand.

As the rhythms of the Ballroom ebb and flow through these characters’ hearts, their fates come together in touching, unexpected ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780594741336
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 210,397
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Alice Simpson is an accomplished visual artist who has a profound passion for dance. Ballroom is her first novel. She lives in South Pasadena, California.

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Ballroom: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Told in short chapters from each person's perspective, this book was different.  Each character comes to the Ballroom every Sunday evening and participates in the dancing that evening, but their friendships and relationships are just on the surface and they each have things that they are hiding and easy to hide as they don't even know each other's last names. I enjoyed this book, but didn't love it as much as I thought it would.  I grew up as a dancer, so I thought this book would be right up my alley, but the only reason this was a like and not a love was kind of petty - I wish that there were a few more characters that were younger, most of them were of the older variety and I wish there were a few dancers that were younger.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book was a total waste of my time. The characters were dull and the story uninteresting. I kept reading hoping it would get better. It didn't. I'm glad I have a Nook and this book was only $3.99. I'd be very unhappy if I'd paid for the paperback version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*the young man walks in, his pale skin looking pure white in the light, his hair looking light brown, and walks up to the counter* "Reservation for David?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She finishes decorating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He yawns. "Acheron, even with a knife you aren't threatening."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What do you do in this rp?