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Harry Danced Divinely (Giffort Street Stories Book 3)

Harry Danced Divinely (Giffort Street Stories Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Marian D. Schwartz

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There were some things Lillian Levinson couldn’t say, even to herself.

In the collected Giffort Street stories, you'll enter seven gracious homes on an elm-lined street. You’ll meet the Stan and Adele Heussler, whose marriage starts to fall apart after they buy a magnificent antique bedroom set; Dale Kenway, who can’t tell anyone the reason he doesn’t want to be called a hero; Saul Penner, who realizes that the first neighbor he meets after he moves in is a bigot; the Danahy family, who are battling each other over the Vietnam War; and Bernice and Arnold Whittaker, who are unaware of how their trusted nanny is shaping their daughters' lives. In the title story, Harry Danced Divinely, the lack of a tea bag makes an elderly Jewish woman decide to teach her spoiled adult son a shocking and well-deserved public lesson.

The stories Harry Danced Divinely, An Authentic Hero, Neighbors, and The Queen Anne Bedroom Set are exclusive to this book. A Perfect Nanny and the novella War on Giffort Street, which are available as singles, are also included.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1061 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Gristmill Publishing, L.L.C.; VIII edition (3 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #145,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I can't remember a time when I wasn't reading. Books were my escape from the legendary Buffalo, New York winters and probably contributed to my becoming a writer. Now I live in Central Virginia near the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's a trade: hot, humid summers for harsh winters. I handle the hottest days as I would a blizzard. I stay inside and read. In the Giffort Street stories, collected in Harry Danced Divinely, I re-created the street where I was raised and populated the houses with imaginary characters. Almost every story has at least one room that was like a room in my house.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection 5 July 2014
By Patch - Published on
I'm a fan of inter-related short stories, and this collection is a fine example of why they appeal to me. Ms. Schwartz is clever at dropping in an appearance of a previously encountered character or a little detail that appeared in a previous story and now has a new resonance. She is skillful in character portrayal and she has the gift of sympathizing with characters who almost certainly are not anything like people she is likely to be close to--such as a Catholic wife obsessed with St Anne as the solution to all problems. She has a shrewd eye for ironies--such as the fellow who always buys nothing but the best and then is surprised when he chokes on a piece of a restaurant's filet mignon. If you enjoy novels by Alice McDermott and Carol Shields, you will enjoy Marion Schwartz's work as well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable... 20 Jun 2014
By MandyS - Published on
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Every story a glimpse into a real-life story of a person, a family... engaging enough to read into the wee hours of the morning, this book was a true pleasure and an unexpected find.
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't ready to leave 27 Mar 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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“Harry Danced Divinely” is a charming collection of stories, each depicting a person or family living on Giffort Street in an upstate New York city between 1950 and 1970. Author Marian D. Schwartz explains, in an author’s note, that she used the physical setting in which she was raised—a street of magnificent elms towering over gracious homes.

The setting evokes the security and serenity of a happy childhood. But the reader soon discovers that life is not tranquil on Giffort Street. The trees develop Dutch elm disease and must be destroyed. And each of the six stories deals with changing values and loss of innocence.

Ms. Schwartz has created complex and unforgettable characters. Among them are Meddie, the perfect nanny; Dale, who may or may not be a hero; and Lillian, whose lack of a teabag causes her to commit a shocking act. I loved the parallel between the great elms’ coming down and the life-altering events experienced by the residents. I also enjoyed the way the stories are intertwined. Characters move between one tale and the next, as naturally as they would move about their neighborhood.

I first encountered Marian D. Schwartz in a Boomer Lit discussion group on Goodreads. Her novel, “The Last Season, the Story of a Marriage,” is a classic example of the Boomer Lit genre. With the exception of one story, “The War Zone,” which centers on a young couple during the Vietnam era, I don’t think “Harry Danced Divinely” is Boomer Lit. Most of the central characters are not Boomers, but contemporaries of our parents and grandparents. Still, these stories should fascinate a Boomer audience. Not only do they trigger memories of our shared childhood, we can observe seeds being planted for the great changes that will occur during our lifetimes.

When I closed the cover of “Harry Danced Divinely,” I wasn’t ready to leave Giffort Street. I hope there will be more Giffort Street stories.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Danced Divinely 12 Mar 2014
By maureen - Published on
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A compelling and thought provoking collection of short stories. A wide ranging look at class, gender relationships, and old-fashioned beliefs that people stubbornly hold on to until its too late.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written with vividly developed characters 11 Oct 2014
By Binky McGee - Published on
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A series of short stories centering around one street in a small town over a period of 40 years during the 20th century. The vividly drawn characters reappear in more than on story many times, illustrating the human condition. An interesting and well written book!
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