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Hug Dancing (Signed)

Hearon, Shelby

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ISBN 10: 0394586522 / ISBN 13: 9780394586526
Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1991
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Sanctuary Books, A.B.A.A. (New York, NY, Estados Unidos de America)

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Cloth-backed paper over boards; in illustrated dust jacket. Warmly inscribed by the author on the FFEP: "To Kathy -- Thanks for your support! Here's the whole story, hope you like it -- Fondly, Shelby / November 1991." Book and jacket (in mylar) are fine. N° de ref. de la librería GK1732

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Título: Hug Dancing (Signed)

Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Año de publicación: 1991

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)

Edición: First Edition.

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Shelby Hearon’s excellent twelfth novel opens, And they lived happily ever after.” It ends, Once upon a time.” The opening and closing lines echo many of the themes of the novel. The book opens with Cile Tate leaving her Presbyterian preacher husband to return to the early love of her life, Drew Williams. The fact that Cile and Drew are both married complicates things, and they have to bring four lives to endings and beginnings.

When Cile decides to leave Eben Tate, she is amazed when he announces her abandonment of him and their two daughters from his pulpit. She doesn’t even have a chance to tell the daughters in advance. All this makes Cile a fallen woman in the eyes of the church members and the citizens of Waco, the bastion of Baptist religion in Texas.

The title reflects one of the Baptist tenets that is so often satirized, that hug dancing is a prelude to fornication. Cile and Drew are hug dancing in a serious way. One of the ironies of the book is that Eben Tate hug dances” with a member of his congregation almost immediately after Cile leaves.

Cile is a friend of Drew’s mother, Lila Beth, who introduces her to her socialite daughter-in-law, Mary Virginia, the mother of Drew’s two teenaged sons. It is through Lila Beth that Cile and Drew resume the love they knew as young people.

The novel begins almost at the end and then twists back and forth over the three months it takes for Cile and Drew, once teenaged hug dancers, to find a way to live happily ever after.”

The book captures the life of Central Texas in the 1990s, Mary Virginia’s social world in Dallas, and the blackland farm north of Waco and east of the town of West, where the government is planning the supercollider, which of course was abandoned part way through.

About the Author:

Shelby Hearon is a former president of the Texas Institute of Letters and a charter inductee into the Texas Literary Hall of Fame. She was born in Kentucky, grew up in Texas, and now lives in Burlington, Vermont. She is the author of sixteen novels, a biography of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, and a number of short stories.

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