Dancing Backward in Paradise

General Fiction, Humor

By Vera Jane Cook

Publisher : iuniverse

ABOUT Vera Jane Cook

Vera Jane Cook
I dream everyday of living in an old farmhouse on about five acres. My days are spent writing novels. Unfortunately, I live in Manhattan, take the subway to work as an education consultant five days a week, and write on Sundays - not bad, but it ain't the dream.

Growing up and coming to terms with the flaws in people we love, and too, the greatness of the human heart.

Dancing Backward in Paradise is the debut novel of award-winning theater actress Vera Jane Cook, about one young women's quest to find herself in "Paradise" - New York City in the 1960s, a place beset by hippies, ambition, and the turbulence of the civil rights era. At first, nineteen-year-old trailer park resident Grace Place enjoys amorous trysts with her lover, Lenny Bean, more than anything else; but urged by her mother to seek fame and fortune in New York City, she works as a cleaning lady for the wealthy Betty Ann Houseman. When her lover betrays her and seeks to steal Betty Ann's estate, Grace is shocked, yet remains intent upon fulfilling her mother's wish and seeing New York City with her best friend, Ginny Jo. Together they will discover unforgettable surprises in this Eric Hoffer Award-winning novel. Highly recommended.  Midwest Book Review