on 27 June 2000
I am currently reading this book for the fourth time, such is it's sorrowful and realistic intimacy. For once, the single parent is the father, and Gordon Nash is a wonderfuly crafted leading man. The reader is transported straight into Tarent, Kansas, and is at once enamoured in the small town intimacy and suffocated by small town restraints. Perhaps it is wrong of me to say this book is heartbreaking as it is not a wholly sad tale, rather, it is a beautifuly realistic portrayal of modern parenthood, with gentle glances back to a time that the reader perhaps has spent looking back at too. This reader most certainly has. Dance Real Slow is, almost unbelievably, Michael Grant Jaffe's debut novel, and one that is certainly worth reading. Read it once and you may find yourself reading it again and again.