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[Williams, Sheila]のDancing on the Edge of the Roof: A Novel
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At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon. She wants adventure and excitement–if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.

Juanita’s new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess’s stove serving up home cookin’ that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin’ through, now has a job by popular demand.

Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita’s heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town. She’s happy in Paper Moon; she’s found a home, but can she stay? And then there’s Jess. She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love.


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The discovery of a stash of romance novels forever changes the life of a downtrodden nurse's aide in this engaging debut. Forty-two-year-old Juanita Lewis, an African-American woman with three grown children, has never read a book before, but once she starts, she can't stop. Emboldened by the stories, she decides to run away from home, change her life and seek adventure. No wonder: home is a two-bedroom apartment in the Columbus, Ohio, projects shared with grand-daughter Teishia; daughter Bertie, who's on welfare and sleeps until noon; and son Rashawn, a drug dealer likely to end up in jail alongside his brother Randy. All are left behind, when, despite their protests, Juanita buys a one-way bus ticket and heads west. In Paper Moon, Mont., her new life begins at breakfast in a diner where a standoff with angry chef/owner Jess Gardiner ends with Juanita at the stove cooking her own bacon and eggs. Two hours later, she's offered a job. No black folk have been seen in town since the Lewis and Clark expedition, and she becomes a sort of tourist attraction and local celebrity. Hoping for excitement, Juanita didn't dream she'd find romance as well. Her unlikely suitor is her taciturn employer, a Lakota descendant still haunted by his stint in Vietnam. This is an easy read, with lively dialogue and a fair share of comedy, but there's a credibility problem: would a longtime enabler and battered woman discover books and suddenly morph into a feisty feminist heroine? It's doubtful, but if so, hooray for literature.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • フォーマット: Kindle版
  • ファイルサイズ: 506 KB
  • 紙の本の長さ: 240 ページ
  • 出版社: One World (2009/2/19)
  • 販売: Amazon Services International, Inc.
  • 言語: 英語
  • ASIN: B002ZFXUBY
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Living the chance to be more... 2016/7/4
投稿者 chb-book addict - (Amazon.com)
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Definitely a different but wonderful read and something most mothers of adult children can relate too, no matter what your circumstances. Just because you don't live in the hood, doesn't mean that you haven't at some point in time wanted to ditch your kids and walk out. I loved Juanita and respect her for taking action in a life that had no future and no purpose, except to support grown children who should have been self-supporting or even supporting her!

This is a book that demonstrates that even lives that we view as mundane can be more if we, make the effort to change our perspective in how we view it. I don't see a sequel but I'd really like to know what happened after she left Paper Moon, after all that was just the beginning of her adventure.

I loved the different characters and how they interacted with Juanita, her first meeting with Jess is so funny! I've traveled through Montana and it is some of the most beautiful scenery I've ever seen but being a city dweller, it does have an impact and when night comes its really night! This is a wonderful book that makes you root for all of Juanita's accomplishments and self-growth! Hooray!
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5つ星のうち 5.0 What We Fear, We Create... 2005/11/29
投稿者 Jacelya Jones - (Amazon.com)
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I am sure many of us have heard this Dr. Phil-ism. I believe it is true in all its forms--self-fulfilling prophecies and such. DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF is a simple, straight-forward book, and readers will benefit from its eloquence. Exaggerated, overblown writing may have its place, but Sheila Williams' first book will have a place in your spirit. Strip away the main character's (Jaunita Louis') skin color, occupation, neighborhood--all of the superficial things that can separate us from her story, and we will see ourselves. Facing the same challenges. On the same journey toward fulfillment.

What I got from DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF was a lesson: Do everything you fear to do. Get locks or a long weave, if you must. Learn to merengue. Take a trip to northern China. Study at an institution for culinary arts or interior design. Take your vacation in Fiji. Have a baby at 40. Get your MBA at 54. Do it all, because this is the only life we get. Even those who believe in a second life cannot be sure, so we ought to make the best of this world, this life's opportunities.

I was reminded that I cannot blame anyone but me if I don't take those chances in life that will, in the end, make me the best form of myself that I can achieve.

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5つ星のうち 4.0 This is a good read. 2013/3/24
投稿者 Gramma Dee Dee - (Amazon.com)
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Ms. Williams has an original tale to tell, with some characters we don't often get to know in the run-of-the-mill "bodice ripper" romance novels. So a black, female, head-of-household from the projects (Columbus, Ohio) with three grown, underachieving kids, runs away from home and meets up with a tall, dark and handsome American Indian with Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder in Paper Moon, Montana. Throw in an elderly, well-to-do woman, who runs the town boarding house (cats, ghosts and all), and a lesbian independent truck driver named "Peaches," and you have a fun filled, page- turner that doesn't always hang together but delivers enough thought provoking honesty and delightful surprises to make it worth your while. If you're looking for something that's not too heavy, a bit off the beaten track and something that takes a good stab at the old, "Who am I," pick up a copy, find a comfortable chair and get to know the crowd at the Paper Moon Diner. Tell them I sent you.
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5つ星のうち 3.0 Nice. Good basic exploration of racial 2015/7/31
投稿者 Sonja Green Tolbert - (Amazon.com)
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Nice. Good basic exploration of racial, ethnic, regional differences & the beautiful insights that can come from being open to diversity & change. I would have appreciated fuller, more expansive character development A good beginning of a bigger, deeper story here -waiting to be told.
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5つ星のうち 5.0 Excellent!! 2015/12/14
投稿者 Adrienne Thompson - (Amazon.com)
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I absolutely loved every word of this story. I hated for it to end, craved more, but was still satisfied with the ending. I smiled, laughed, felt Juanita's heartache and pain, rooted for her, and turned the last page with a sigh. An excellent "coming of middle age" read. Highly recommend!!!

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