Thursday, January 15, 2009

[Book Review] AFTER THE DANCE by Lori Johnson


Doris Dixon reviews AFTER THE DANCE by Lori Johnson (Dafina Books, 2008)

With her debut novel After The Dance, former Memphian Lori Johnson offers a gift to readers who enjoy well-crafted, character-driven stories about love and intimacy. The smart dialogue and humorous banter will remind some readers of classic Hollywood love stories. Others will appreciate that this is a story about "grown folks" determined not to repeat the mistakes of the past. The language is sharp but never profane and the plot is provocative without being tawdry.

Tired of playing romantic games, Faye creates a series of rules for potential lovers. She is not interested in romantic relationships, wants to avoid emotional entanglements, and refuses to have sex with any man more than three times. Faye's new neighbor, Carl, is intrigued by if not instantly attracted to her. Their brief time together, watching movies, talking, and dancing, convinces him that, despite the obstacles she has created, Faye is someone he wants to know better. Carl accepts her conditions (three strikes and you're out) with the hope that his charms will wear down her defenses.

Doris Dixon, Raleigh Branch Library

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Very Nice, Doris. Thank you.
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