Does our fractured world needs a resurgence of this racial and gender integrator? In WWII, Swing dancing brought the country together and shattered racial boundaries and gender roles.
From small town USA, in Lockhart Texas, Tam Francis combines swing history and fiction in a coming-of-age story sure to set your foot to tapping.
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In 1943, Life Magazine declared Lindy Hop America’s folk dance. With its combination of African dance coupled with European partner dancing, brought to life by original American Big Band Swing Music, the Lindy Hop took the world by storm.
There was no better place to Lindy Hop than Harlem’s Savoy Ballroom, one of the first clubs to desegregate with interracial couples dancing to the new sound of jazz called swing. WWII would spread the music, dance, and egalitarian mindset across the globe.
Author, Tam Francis, lets you fall in love on the dance floor with her debut novel, The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress. A parallel story of two young women struggling with love, loss, and redemption, united across generations by a 1940's swing dress. Combining contemporary and historical narratives, the reader is whisked onto the dance floor, in and out of vintage clothing stores, and gets to know their way around a martini shaker.
Tam Francis is often the gal in a jitterbug dress teaching swing dancing for over fifteen years. She writes vintage fiction with a romantic slant, always keeping a keen eye on the historical. She fell in love on the dance floor with her own sailor beau (now husband, a US Navy aircraft mechanic on flight decks in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars).
Previously, Editor-in-chief for two indie magazines including Swivel: Vintage Living Magazine, she's an avid collector of vintage sewing patterns, vintage clothing, and antiques with blogs about these cherished interests. Look for vintage book and movie reviews, lifestyle tips, recipes, interviews, giveaways, and more at her hopping website: www.girlinthejitterbugdress.com
When not writing, she can be found sipping vintage cocktails out of eclectic barware.
~ The past doesn't always stay in the past. Sometimes it comes to life on the dance floor ~
Enter The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress novel, a world of nostalgic fashion, classic cocktails, and dance halls. 18-year-old June finds herself face to face with one of her deepest desires. Dance. She embarks on a coming-of-age path of discovery. The vintage skirt wrapping around her warm thighs on the crowded dance floor belies her 20th Century ideas, moving her to distraction by a dance partner expertly shifting his leg between hers, delicately pushing her into intricately guided steps.
When an accomplished dancer is injured before the international jitterbug contest, June is tapped to take her place. June struggles to overcome her fears, win the contest, and not fall in love with her—otherwise engaged—dance partner.
Fifty years earlier, in the height of WW2, another 18-year-old jitterbug, Violet, leads the life June and her friends emulate. But Violet's life begins to unravel when she and her sailor beau find her grifting father passed out on her doorstep, blood oozing from his head.
The young lovers race against his deployment to tie the knot before the war can tear them apart. When his letters mysteriously stop arriving, Violet is forced to make the decision of a lifetime alone.
Half a century later, while practicing for the contest, June finds an antique dress which may lead her to the one person she's been looking for, her biological grandmother, and the key to unlocking a fifty year-old mystery.
Immerse yourself in the world of vintage fashion, passion, dance, and understand how a simple dance, the Lindy Hop, can change lives.
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