Carrie, a business manager who always wanted to be a dancer, has two commitments today. She made a promise to her late father to move Cousin Ella, a former Paris café dancer, from her condemned Harlem apartment to a safe place. She’s also committed to catch a flight to Seattle with her husband for his new job. But Cousin Ella resists leaving the apartment where she’s had salons with Langston Hughes. She also has a mysterious gift that she wants Carrie to earn. If she does, a revelation about Carrie’s father and his cousin Langston Hughes will change her life.
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About the Author
Sharyn Skeeter is a writer, poet, editor, and educator. She was fiction/poetry/book review editor at Essence and editor in chief at Black Elegance magazine. She's taught at Emerson College, University of Bridgeport, Fairfield University, and Gateway and Three Rivers community colleges. She participated in panel discussions and readings at universities in India and Singapore. Sharyn Skeeter has been published in numerous magazine articles. Her poetry and fiction is in journals and anthologies. She lives in Seattle where she's been involved with Humanities Washington (Bedtime Stories) and ACT Theatre. Her grandmother's Langston family and their oral history of Langston Hughes inspired Dancing with Langston.
Author photo: Teri Thompson Randall
General theme: Artist’s dilemma of having to choose between doing art or making a substantial living.
Current topics mentioned: gentrification, black history/ex-patriots, gender orientation, stress in contemporary two-career marriage, society in transition (includes generational change), war-caused PTSD.
Biofiction: Uses names and some biographical information about Langston Hughes and Doyle, but the book is overwhelmingly fiction.