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Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,424 Ratings  ·  189 Reviews
From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn....

Meg Fratano has just witnessed the unthinkable: her husband of twenty—seven years making love to another woman. In her bed. And all Meg wanted to do was watch. Quietly, secretly, watch. Then s
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2004)
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Meredith Enos
May 13, 2011 Meredith Enos rated it did not like it
This book was so frustrating. Sooo frustrating. It had so many well-written parts. Sooo many. Too many.

I know that sounds odd, for a book to have too many well-written parts, but this case there were so many lyrical parts that it stopped the action. The protagonist will have a crystallizing moment, where she remembers something, or realizes something, or frees herself from something, and it will feel beautiful and significant and that this journey is so important--and then something else will h
I really liked this book and the author...haven't read a bad book yet from her. This book deals with finding yourself and feeling like you can do anything. I think every woman should read this, its inspiring, sad at times, shocking at times, funny and a wonderful friendship with women who have been feeling stuck in a rut, and also understanding how different we are. Its fiction, but it makes you think about your own life and the people in it, past or present. Definately a good read!
Aug 22, 2011 Christy rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I loved this book. Oh, how I love this writer. It's a magnificent tale of women. How we sacrifice and give up ourselves for others. How some are conditioned to believe they cannot go after what they want because it is not proper or right. It is a beautiful story about women who wake-up and realize it is not too late to change.
Angie B
Jan 19, 2010 Angie B rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: for any woman and most men
Recommended to Angie by: my beautiful mother in law/life coach Dulce
Shelves: life-changing
This author has the ability to be every woman in every situation. This book grabbed me and lifted me to heights indescribable while emotionally wringing me dry. Must ALWAYS have this book in my home with spares to give and lend as needed!
Oct 22, 2011 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Radish's books are a bit formulaic, but I still love them. I think books find you when you are ready to read them, or need to read them. This book spoke to me and has encouraged me to go for some dreams and goals that I have long avoided thinking about. I wish her characters were real and lived in my neighborhood, because they would be wonderful women to know.
May 06, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing
Kris Radish writes for women who have had to deal with difficult changes in their lives...the loss of loved ones, divorce, the end of relationships, children growing up, moving out, moving on.... Her stories are hopeful, her women strong and friendships are powerful forces. I highly recommend this.
Sep 20, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
This book encompasses messages of happiness, passion, feminism and our individual responsibility to choose at any point in out lives. I cried through my first read of this book because - just maybe - it struck too close to home. I read it a second time to see more clearly (literally) the themes.
May 08, 2010 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Loved it.... Loved it! If you read the back you'll be thinking about throwing it back. Possibly.. anyhow if you don't this is a very entertaining book start to finish. Perfect combo of heartache, laughter and learning, a woman's journey to uninhibited self discovery. I enjoyed it very much.
Arell Olson
Apr 16, 2010 Arell Olson rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this book. After all, the title has the words Dancing Naked in them and for me, it has been my quest (in the last three years) that I can become the kind of person who is able to dance naked with no reservation. As for our main character, she must go through many trials and tribulations and a "self" search of sorts before she is able to dance naked, but I felt that she had a pretty easy time of it. Here she is, this woman, who discovers that her husband is having an affair. ...more
Susan Coster
Dec 03, 2015 Susan Coster rated it it was amazing
This is much more than a chick lit book. This is a book that makes you think WHAT THE HELL YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE and gives direction, solace and peace to those women who seek change. In this book, we meet Meg, a college professor, who has always done things by the rules. It all changes one day when she walks in on her husband making love to another woman in their bed. Curiously, she wants to watch--and then, in a haze, retreats to her free-spirited friend, Elizabeth's home, where Meg dec ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing
Once again this author writes the praises of sisterhood by creating an enticing world of women helping women to become the empowered individuals we were meant to be. The story features powerful friendships and zeroes in on female longings and liberation, often with humor.
Oct 05, 2008 Donna rated it did not like it
This book was disappointing. It started off promising, but then got be more and more ridiculous as it went along. I finished it just in case it eventually got better, but it didn't.
A good story about female friendship that had magical elements like the dancing dogs of Mexico and the "reverse bridal shower". The protagonist, Meg, suffers a mid-life crisis, and realizes how separate she is from the person she thought she would become. The book takes us through her decisions to begin anew. What sets her in motion is finding her husband in bed with another woman in their own home. I found the story kind of stodgy and repetitive. Maybe I just wasn't in the right "mood" as Nancy ...more
Dec 15, 2016 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully written book that every woman should read! The story begins with Meg walking in on her husband and another woman - completely obliterating what she thought her life was and most definitely, who she thought she was. Thus begins her journey to put her life back together. With the help of some amazing girlfriends, she discovers what really makes her soul happy. This book will make you laugh, cry, and will stay with you long after the last page.
Dec 15, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-midway
I'm almost hesitant to say anything because it sounds like a lot of people liked this...but then I remind myself a lot of people like trash.....I just don't happen to be one of them. It was probably an easy read but after the first few chapters I was so bored I put it in my goodwill bin. I believe this is the first book I ever stopped with no intention of finishing. The best part is the title. Glad I only paid $0.25 at a rummage sale.
Dana Meinhardt
Mar 31, 2013 Dana Meinhardt rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a fun trip through a divorce and rediscovery of who the main character actually wanted to be. She goes with friends on an amazing trip to Mexico. I found it delightful and a fun read and highly recommend it- Dana
Feb 12, 2009 Teresa rated it really liked it
Another good one. The begining was odd, took me a bit to get into this character, but it turned out to be a lovely book.
Kris Radish seems to write novels that help women get through tough times and realize things they need to think about that maybe havent been thought before.
Feb 20, 2012 Alesia rated it liked it
There were a lot of enlightening points in the book, but found it hard to stay interested at times. I don't normally 'skim' while reading, but had to here and there to keep from falling asleep. Not the best book I've ever read, but definitely worth reading....for women. Not a book for the boys.
Dec 17, 2016 Mary rated it it was amazing
Definitely reading this again.
Megan Neumann
Mar 08, 2017 Megan Neumann rated it it was amazing
I love the way Kris Radish writes. I wish her stories weren't always so pat.
Jun 08, 2014 Debbie rated it it was ok
Shelves: given-to-gloria
The first chapter of this book was really good... I loved the writing style, and it pulled me in. Unfortunately it was a downward slide from there. It was just too much....or too boring.....I wanted to throw the book at the wall so many times! I get its about women being empowered but it was all just stereotypical crap! I get that its about friendship among women, but these women were too over the top. None were relatable.

Meg is unhappy and these wonderful weird women are going to help her find
Feb 07, 2008 Diane rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fifty-ish Females
This was a disapointing read for me, if only because my expectations were so high: I loved both "Sunday List of Dreams" and Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral." The latter remains one of my favorite books of all time. So, while there were some memorable and enjoyable "Dancing" stories/images, overall it seemed flat. You know the moments that lifted this book up: Wanting to watch; the new apartment; discovering her daughter wasn't as naive nor fragile as she thought; the reverse bridal sh ...more
Jul 13, 2010 Kristi rated it it was ok
I was a little disappointing in the Kris Radish novel. Now granted I read one of her more recent novels first, and this one was an earlier writing. What does that mean? She didn't have as much experience when she wrote this one. Maybe that had something to do with my level of enjoyment. Then again, maybe not. Who knows, really.

Long story short... I just didn't love this one like I did her Annie Freeman's Funeral. This one started off interesting and kept me interested until about 1/2 way throug
May 15, 2011 Jeana rated it liked it
Radish is part author and part poet in this book about self discovery and finding happiness in living authentically. As such, there were many moments in which I found myself becoming lost in vivid and descriptive passages and I had to find my way back to the thread of the story. She not only touches upon the sacred feminine, she grabs it up and sometimes beats you with it and there were many times in which I felt alienated because I seem to be enjoying a lifestyle that the heroine of the story i ...more
Jun 20, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
This was a very thought-provoking and motivating book, and I absolutely love Kris Radish! She just makes me feel good whenever I read her work. This is a story about a woman who walks in on her husband while he's having sex with another woman. The changes that she needs to go through to figure out who she is, what she wants to do, and how she's going to live are all explored in this book. The struggles, the tears, the laughs, the fears...its all there. And yet, it will leave you feeling motivate ...more
Oct 12, 2007 Jen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: women going through a divorce
I enjoy the way Kris Radish celebrates the importance of female friendships, and I really enjoyed Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral because I read it when a friend had just died. I couldn't relate as well to Dancing Naked at the Edge of Dawn, which deals with divorce.

A woman walks in on her husband having sex with another woman, and this sets her on a journey of transformation - she's always subjugated her happiness to the needs of her husband and children. EVERYONE keeps telling her th
Julia Putnam
Jul 10, 2008 Julia Putnam rated it really liked it
6/16/14: I read and loved this book like 10 or 12 years ago. I bought it for people and recommended it to everyone as a book that every woman MUST read! And I do still feel that way. But it's interesting to read it at a different stage in my life. It definitely still applies, but it's different. The message and what is being said is still SO important and something that EVERY woman needs to hear and understand and apply to their lives... but I wasn't as enraptured by the characters or the story ...more
Jan 08, 2009 Shelly rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2009, own
I like the book, even if it left me all melancholy and mopey.

Basically it is the tale of Meg who, after watching her husband cheating on her with another woman, starts on a journey of self discovery. She stops lying to herself, learns new things about her friends and family, and figures out that she can survive this and that she can start her life over again and do all the things that she always wanted to but never did.

It is a purely female tale... a story about how women really aren't all that
Jun 02, 2008 Karyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Women
This book is the first book from this author that I have read. I will probably try another one of her books. Definitely has the chick appeal to it. I don't usually read this sort of thing. For me, I could relate to losing oneself in the everyday stuff. I can't imagine going a way to Mexico with girlfriends, or anywhere for that matter. It made me think, what would I do if it were just me. And who exactly is me. I was excited when Meg found a new apartment, and admired Meg finding a new career. A ...more
Amy Knight
Sep 28, 2008 Amy Knight rated it liked it
When you read Kris Radish's books, you know that there will be characters that are strong women struggling with transition and change, but these women are surrounded by other women characters who love them and lift them up and support them and help them grow. Kris Radish writes, "because that's what women do." There are also male characters that cause heartache; more importantly, she includes male characters that are kind to women, love women, and please women.

Predictable? Yes, but who cares! I
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Kris started writing the moment she could hold a pencil. She grew up in Wisconsin, graduted from the University of Wisconsin with a journalism degree and hit the ground running. Her father calls her "the tornado". She worked as a newspaper reporter, bureau chief, nationally syndicated columnist, magazine writer, university lecturer, bartender, waitress, worm harvester, window name a f ...more
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