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 cafĂ© dancer, from her condemned Harlem apartment to a safe place. Sheâ€™s also committed to catch a flight to Seattle with her husband for his new job. But Cousin Ella resists leaving the apartment where sheâ€™s had salons with Langston Hughes. She also has a mysterious gift that she wants Carrie to earn. If she does, a revelation about Carrieâ€™s father and his cousin Langston Hughes will change her life.
“Dancing with LangstonÂ is one of the most beautiful, brilliant debut novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in years. With a poet’s skill, and decades of historically important experience in publishing, Sharyn Skeeter has crafted a story that generously delivers black American history and culture, humor, a cast of vibrant, memorable characters, and a vivid portrait of one of the world’s most celebrated literary artists, Langston Hughes, who just happens to be her distant relative. But of even greater importance for this reader, her novel-â€”very original, very fresh, very dramaticâ€”is a deeply moving story about the love of a daughter for a complex father she comes to fully know only after he is gone. It is about the importance of familyâ€”the ones we are born into and the ones we create and love during our journey through life. And about something we all have felt profoundly in our depthsâ€”the necessity and difficulty of following one’s dreams.”Â â€”Dr. Charles Johnson,Â Middle Passage
Sharyn Skeeter is a writer, poet, editor, and educator. She was fiction/poetry/book review editor at EssenceÂ and editor in chief atÂ Black EleganceÂ magazine. Sheâ€™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 written and published numerous magazine articles. Her poetry and fiction are in journals and anthologies. She lives in Seattle where sheâ€™s been involved with Humanities Washington and ACT Theatre. Her grandmotherâ€™s Langston family and their oral history of Langston Hughes inspiredÂ Dancing with Langston.
Author photo: Teri Thompson Randall
Dancing With Langston
by Sharyn Skeeter
FICTION / LITERARY / HISTORICAL
200 pages; 5.5 x 8.25 / Softcover
Pub Date:Â October 15, 2019Â
Distributor:Â Midpoint Trade / IPG; also available through Baker & Taylor, Ingram, and other wholesalers.
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