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Cover Copyright ©2003
Trace Edward Zaber
Dancing In Circles
by Debra Tash
ISBN: 1-59279-204-9 (Electronic)
ISBN: 1-59279-860-8 (Paperback)
Bakersfield, California, 1952: Minnie Capstan, afraid of change and ready to fight to hold on to her safe familiar place in her parents' overcrowded household, not only embraces change, she ends up leaving in its company. Part Yokut Indian, part Russian Jew, and on the edge of turning eighteen, Minnie will venture beyond the city limits of Bakersfield with an eccentric collection of carnies. But it isn't the carnival's owner, a lady who keeps her beloved late husband's ashes in a mayonnaise jar, that gives Minnie a reason to pick up and go. No, it's the carnival boss who has captured her interest, a handsome moody fellow with a secret that may just send her running home...
Length: Novel (50k words / 154 paperback pages)
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Read what the reviewers are saying...
"…Abounds with warmth, charm, and colorful characters. A delightful story of a girl's coming of age."—Irene Freeman, author of Edsel Dreams
"…A wonderful character-driven story of life in a carnival. A good read."—Tom Baldwin, author of Firestorms
"Dancing in Circles by Debra Tash is an afternoon sitting on the porch swing enjoying the breeze...the book is worth a look."—Alicia Cathers, Roundtable Reviews
"I certainly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something that will leave them with a warm fuzzy feeling."—Suzanne Claud, BookIdeas.com
"Debra Tash has crafted a saga of complexity, freshness, and inspiration. Dancing in Circles kept me glued to the page hoping that Minnie and Alfredo would be able to reach beyond the walls that kept them apart and find love. I hope that Ms. Tash continues to share her profound insight into the human soul with us."—Dena, Fallen Angels Review
"Young and old alike will delight in Dancing in Circles, and if you don’t like it…well, since I don’t have a hat to eat, I'll dance a jig…in circles."—Tina Burns, The Road to Romance
"...A terrific story. The characters are delightful."—Judy Cook, The Romance Studio
"5 Roses!...This book is the gold standard...It is for the serious reader who truly wants their heartstrings pulled. Told in the first person, [it is] the story of a girl’s journey to womanhood...The ending was by no means assured and was all the more soul satisfying because of it...A good story, well told. Exactly what I look for in fine literature and Ms. Tash delivers spectacularly."--Quinn, My Book Cravings.com
Read a short excerpt...
...There comes a season when a person's life changes, like the spring greening in the great San Joaquin Valley, kind of an aching promise of birth. It happened in the spring for me; the very beginning edge of it, in fact—1952. After a month of gray mornings, I could well imagine the tulle fog that still haunted Bakersfield. The cool cloudy vapor would settle in every night and last beyond the dawn. It would lay gray tendrils over the city streets, wrapping itself around the old Beale clock tower at 17th and Chester.
I tried my best to oversleep one foggy March morning as the new day inched toward six-thirty. But I just lay awake staring out the window and watching the gray wisps swirl beyond the streaked pane glass. My three sisters had already dressed and gone off to school. I'd graduated from Bakersfield High the year before, having gone to extra classes two summers in a row.
I wanted to sleep in that morning and dream of being a child forever—kind of like Peter Pan. Instead I found myself rousted from bed by the youngest member of our tribe, Running Bare, my little brother, the punctuation mark at the tail end of my very large family. Running Bare was a nickname, of course, his real name being Saul. We were part Yokut Indian, a very small part. That nickname wasn't garnered as homage to that speck of American Indian blood running in his little veins. No, Saul had always had an inclination to run around naked…
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