A Novel by Barbara Frances
"Our kids, my, my, Gracie, where did we go wrong? One marries God, another a Jew, and the last one, the devil!" Texas, 1951. The Wolanskysâ€”Grace, Bud and their three grown childrenâ€”are a close-knit clan, deeply rooted in their rural community and traditional faith. On their orderly farm, life seems good and tomorrow always holds promise. But under the surface, itâ€™s a different story. Grace is beset by dark memories and nameless fears that she keeps secret even from Bud. Their son Andy has said no to becoming a farmer like his dad and, worse, fallen in love with a big-city Jewish girl. Youngest child Regina is trapped in a loveless marriage to an abusive, alcoholic husband. Even â€œperfectâ€ daughter Angelaâ€™s decision to become a nun takes an unforeseen turn. And then Ceil Dollard breezes into town. Ceilâ€”wealthy, sophisticated, irrepressibleâ€”is like a visitor from Mars. Sheâ€™s a modern woman. She drives a car and wears pants. She blows away tradition and certainty, forcing Grace to face her fears and brave a changing world. Through Ceil, Grace learns about courage and freedomâ€”but at the risk of losing Bud. Barbara Francesâ€™ sparkling, richly human novel takes you back to a time when Ike was president and life was slower, but people were the same as now. Youâ€™ll encounter a cast of characters storm-tossed by change, held together by love. Written with compassion, humor and suspense, Like I Used to Dance will charm you, warm you and even squeeze a few tears, from it opening number to the last waltz.