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How We Danced by Deborah Serravalle


"Brimming with poignant insight and unflinching emotion, How we Danced is an immensely captivating tale. Deborah Serravalle delivers a courageous first novel that captures the tragic, divisive darkness of secrets kept from those we love." — Claire Carver Dias

"Deborah Serravalle's accomplished debut novel is a bittersweet account of a family in crisis. As Lily and Jennifer face the challenges of caring for dying Alastair, the author deftly weaves past and present, gradually revealing secrets and lies that threaten the strength of the family's tenuous connections. How We Danced is a dramatic examination of love, loyalty, and the meaning of family." — Sylvia May, Author of The Unraveling of Abby Settel and Breathing Space.
How We Danced
Cactus Rain Publishing
published date
September 1, 2016
Family Relationships
Soft Cover
number of pages
$15.95 USD

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How We Danced
Deborah Serravalle

JENNIFER ROBERTS has a full life: a corporate executive husband, two young daughters and a teaching career she enjoys. When she discovers her mother is struggling to care for her dying father, she returns to the MacAulay household to help. She sees her mother hide something in the base of the old clock, and unease about her parents' unconventional relationship resurfaces. The secret she uncovers calls into question her view of her parents and of herself. Grappling with impending death, each recalls the past. Their memories differ; some are unreliable, others are contrived. Love is a constant, but it comes at a price.

Deborah Serravalle

Deborah SerravalleDEBORAH SERRAVALLE is a graduate of McMaster University and attended the Creative Writing program. A scholarship recipient from the Writers' Trust of Canada, she completed the post-graduate Creative Writing program at Humber College. She was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and currently divides her time between "The Hammer" and St. Helena, South Carolina. How We Danced is Deborah's debut novel.

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