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Family Dancing [Paperback]

David Leavitt
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October 1985
From the author of THE LOST LANGUAGE OF CRANES, EQUAL AFFECTIONS and THE PAGE TURNER, a collection of short stories which tell of middle-class America, and the lives of its people.
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Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award

“Brilliantly written.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Astonishing—funny, eloquent, and wise.” —New York Times

“A most impressive entrance into contemporary fiction.” —Associated Press

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About the Author

David Leavitt has written story collections and novels including The Lost Language of Cranes, While England Sleeps, The Body of Jonah Boyd, The Indian Clerk (finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), and The Two Hotel Francforts. He is also the author of two nonfiction works, The Man Who Knew Too Much and Florence, A Delicate Case. He is professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and edits the literary magazine Subtropics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the family exposed Nov. 15 2000
Reading these poignant stories is like watching 15 or so different versions of American Beauty. Beneath the surface in almost every family lie illness, infidelity, betrayals and anger. This is his first collection of stories and they make for an excellent collection. I had read his later books first like The Lost Language of Cranes which I think are stronger overall, but as a first collection, these stories are revealing.
Leavitt has a knack for exposing the underside of family relations. Many of his stories focus on husbands who leave their wives, but just as many focus on the effect these family disputes have on the children. Overall, these stories will leave you with a feeling of sadness -- he touches many nerves from cancer to men coming to terms with their sexuality, to abandoned sisters and brothers. I think Leavitt is a very sensitive writer with an eye for the problems that plague 20th century families.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Collection Aug. 11 2000
By Anon
This was a wonderful collection of beautifully written stories. It is not wonder this, Leavitt's debut, brought so much critical acclaim along with a warm welcome of Leavitt to the Literary community. Of the nine stories contained, most were wonderfuly written (Leavitt has a way with words, and when reading his writing, it is like sipping a sweet drink that goes down smooth and cool.) The most wonderful stories in this volume are "Territory," "The Lost Cottage," "Danny in Transit," "Family Dancing," "Out Here," and "Dedicated. The only stories I didn't particularly like were "Counting Months," "Aliens," and "Radiation." And of these last, even they had their good qualities. This is a wonderful book and I recommend it to anyone who love good fiction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting Sept. 5 2001
By Sai Li
These stories are poignant and very subtle. I enjoyed the first half of the book, but later on it gets repetitive, with the same themes of mothers afflicted with cancer, gay sons, and divorces. I did find the gay aspects of the story interesting because they're not forced upon the readers.
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