Dance, Gladys, Dance

Dance, Gladys, Dance

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27-year-old Frieda Zweig is at an impasse. Behind her is a string of failed relationships and half-forgotten ambitions of being a painter; in front of her lies the dreary task of finding a real job and figuring out what "normal" people do with their lives. Then, a classified ad in the local paper introduces Frieda to Gladys, an elderly woman who long ago gave up on her dreams of being a dancer.The catch? Gladys is a ghost.In Dance, Gladys, Dance, Cassie Stocks tells the uplifting story of a woman whose uncanny connection with a kindred spirit causes her to see her life in a new way--as anything but ordinary.

Publisher: Edmonton, Alberta :, NeWest Press,, 2012
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781897126769
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 22 cm

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Marie_124
Dec 13, 2018

I hated the protagonist, Frieda. After that, the book went downhill fast for me. I also hate it when authors try to make Cluster B* people into sympathetic characters. UGH!

As I read the book, aside from feeling frustrated with the whole thing, I also kept feeling sorry for Stephen Leacock that someone decided to give this terrible book an award in his name, and he is not even around to make a protest against it.

*Cluster B personality disorders: Narcissism, Borderline Personality Disorder, and the sociopaths and psychopaths (the latter two now called 'anti-social personality disorder'). These are not admirable people, and are almost by definition abusive ones. It is just wrong to try and make them seem sympathetic. Better to give that emotional energy to the victims of these people.

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sgcf
Mar 26, 2017

Definitely a character-driven novel, it’s populated with zany-but-real characters who all have complex inner lives and a back story to tell. Even Gladys the ghost. Stocks’ wry and oddball humour is likely the reason this book was awarded the Stephen Leacock medal, but at times I was disappointed in the plain-everydayness of the language. Especially when Gladys, finally, dances and the author glosses over it in a paragraph. Lots to think about here, too – the importance of human connection and reaching out to others, and being one’s authentic self despite barriers. Borderline chic-lit but … but much to recommend it.

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vickder
Jul 22, 2016

Such a heart warming read filled with interesting characters and a bit of magic.

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trds
Jun 06, 2016

Such an enjoyable book. Initially it seems to be about one person and her struggles with her art-making, but ends up being about many people and their art. The writing was smooth and funny and entertaining.

Talk, Cassie, Talk! On Wed, Oct 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, join Stephen Leacock Award winner Cassie Stocks and Writer in Residence Natasha Deen for a hilarious and informative foray into the world of comedy writing, check-out aisles, and dancing ghosts. At the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park. http://www.sclibrary.ab.ca/authors.htm

Talk, Cassie, Talk! On Wed, Oct 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, join Stephen Leacock Award winner Cassie Stocks and Writer in Residence Natasha Deen for a hilarious and informative foray into the world of comedy writing, check-out aisles, and dancing ghosts. At the Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park. http://www.sclibrary.ab.ca/authors.htm

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Titania
Dec 03, 2012

This was a great book although the main character, Frieda, seems immature and childish at times. Her friend freely points out to her that she is a poor example of a modern woman. This just goes to show that we can grow and mature at any age. There is a brilliant cast of characters from an artistic street girl, an eccentric millionaire, to even a ghost. The book brings up the importance of arts, debates of the connection between morals and money making, and discusses modern feminism. Overall, a heartwarming book full of laughter and a few tears. I am proud to say that this book was written in Canada.

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nnachmani
Oct 22, 2012

Terrific book. Wonderful, real characters (even the ghost). A book I would gladly buy for all my friends.

rowanquincy Aug 22, 2012

Great read. Loved the characters and wanted to keep reading.

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rslade
Jul 16, 2012

This book is about art, community activity, talent, feminism, family, self-censorship, sexual predation, romance, friendship, and street people. It's also about none of the foregoing. It's very hard to say what the book is about, but it is worth the read. Even in the first few pages, while I was having a hard time figuring out what was going on, I was enjoying reading it. By the time I was halfway through I was completely hooked. The writing is creative, sweet, and literate. I hate it that Cassie Stocks writes better than I could ever hope to, and I hope she writes more books.

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