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Waltz in Swing Time

Waltz in Swing Time

by Jill Caugherty
Waltz in Swing Time

Waltz in Swing Time

by Jill Caugherty


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"A reflective tale of growing up creative in a stifling environment and finding true love." –Kirkus Reviews

Growing up in a strict Utah farm family during the Great Depression, Irene Larsen copes with her family’s hardship by playing piano. Even after an unthinkable tragedy strikes, Irene clings to her dream of becoming a musician. When a neighbor's farm is foreclosed, Irene's brother marries the neighbor's daughter, who moves in with the Larsens and coaches Irene into winning leading roles in musicals. Clashing with her mother, who dismisses her ambition as a waste of time and urges her to become a farmer's wife, Irene leaves home.

During a summer gig at Zion National Park, where Irene sings in a variety show for Depression-weary tourists, she meets professional dancer Spike, a maverick who might be her ticket to a musical career. But ultimately she must decide whether pursuing her dream justifies its steep price: losing her home and family.

Alternating between Irene’s ninetieth year in 2006 at an assisted living home and her coming-of-age in the thirties, Waltz in Swing Time is a poignant tale of mother-daughter relationships, finding hope amidst loss, and forging an independent path, against all odds.

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ISBN-13: 9781684334780
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Publication date: 04/23/2020
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

A Stanford graduate and award-winning marketing manager with over twenty-five years of experience in the high tech industry, Jill Caugherty lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and daughter. Her short stories have been published in 805Lit and Oyster River Pages, and her debut short story was nominated for the 2019 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. Waltz In Swing Time is her first novel.

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