The Next Step in the Dance: A Novel

Paperback | April 15, 1999

byTim Gautreaux

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Bringing the same light and gentle understanding that he did to the story collection Same Place, Same Things, author Tim Gautreaux tells the tale of Paul and Colette, star-crossed and factious lovers struggling to make it in rural south Louisiana. When Colette, fed up with small town life, perceives yet another indiscretion by the fun-loving Paul, she heads for Los Angeles, with big dreams and Paul in tow. Paul's attempts to draw his beautiful young wife back home to the Cajun bayou, and back to his heart, make up a tale filled with warmth, devotion and majestically constructed scenes of Southern life, in The Next Step in the Dance.

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Tim Gatreaux brings us a tale of two young lovers struggling to make their relationship work in The Next Step in the Dance. Colette is tired of life in rural Louisiana and her lively but philandering husband Paul is stretching her patience past its limits. Finally, Colette packs up her things and heads out to Los Angeles to fulfill her...

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Bringing the same light and gentle understanding that he did to the story collection Same Place, Same Things, author Tim Gautreaux tells the tale of Paul and Colette, star-crossed and factious lovers struggling to make it in rural south Louisiana. When Colette, fed up with small town life, perceives yet another indiscretion by the fun...

Tim Gautreaux teaches English at Southeastern Louisiana University. His work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, GQ, Story, Best American Short Stories, and New Stories from the South. He is the author of the story collection Same Place, Same Things.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.82 × 5.04 × 0.94 inPublished:April 15, 1999Publisher:PicadorLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312199368

ISBN - 13:9780312199364

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Tim Gatreaux brings us a tale of two young lovers struggling to make their relationship work in The Next Step in the Dance. Colette is tired of life in rural Louisiana and her lively but philandering husband Paul is stretching her patience past its limits. Finally, Colette packs up her things and heads out to Los Angeles to fulfill her dreams, and Paul chases after to prove his love and save their marriage.

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"Gautreaux chronicles the Louisiana landscape with loving precision and insight. Every sound, every smell, is just right . . . This is both an elegy for a disappearing way of life and a celebration of enduring values." -Susan Larson, The New Orleans Times-Picayune"This is a mighty first novel, told with cinematic grip. With it, Gautreaux himself takes the next step in the moody, sweet dance of Southern literature." -GQ"A smartly turned-out first novel, about the push and pull between a young Louisiana couple, that holds you snug and won't let go." -Entertainment Weekly