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Dance Night

byDawn Powell

Paperback | January 31, 1999

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It is sometime after the turn of the century in Lamptown, Ohio, a working-class town filled with factory girls. Every Thursday night at the Casino Dance Hall above Bauer's Chop House and across the street from Elsinore Abbott's Bon Ton Hat Shop and Bill Delaney's Saloon and Billiard Parlor, women and a few men gather to escape their pedestrian lives in fantasy, and sometimes to live out these fantasies.

Observing all are the novel's two young protagonists, Morry, who dreams of becoming an architect and developer, and Jen, an unsentimental orphan of fourteen who, abandoned by her mother, dreams of escape.
When Dawn Powell died in 1965, virtually all her books were out of print. Not a single historical survey of American literature mentioned her, even in passing. And so she slept, seemingly destined to be forgotten – or, to put it more exactly, never to be remembered. How things have changed! Numerous novels by Dawn Powell are currently ...
Title:Dance NightFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.02 × 5.5 × 0.54 inPublished:January 31, 1999Publisher:Steerforth PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:188364271X

ISBN - 13:9781883642716

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Available for the first time in paperback, Dawn Powell’s novel of small-town desperation is a contemporary American classic, revered by both Hemingway and Updike. The factory girls in Dance Night look to Thursday night with anticipation -- it is the only trace of magic and possibility in their compromised lives. They live in the rough Ohio town of Lamptown at the turn of the 20th century, where the Casino Dance Hall is a place of hope and of refuge from their tough working class lives.

Editorial Reviews

"Powell understands how small towns work, the ways in which this is good, and the ways in which it is poisonous; the whole book is suffused with yearning for the world beyond." -- Boston Globe