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"What a smart elegant writer Susan Sterling is. Dancing in the Kitchen, her finely observed first novel, is a moving exploration of betrayal, not just of others but ourselves."

-- Richard Russo, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novelist

Dancing in the Kitchen explores the unraveling of secrets in a New England family after the unexpected death of the father. The story is set in the f
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Published May 21st 2012 by Publerati (first published May 1st 2012)
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Jen Chatfield
Jun 20, 2012 Jen Chatfield rated it it was amazing
Let me just say that for $2.99 this book is a definite bargain. I chose it because I love the subject matter. I love reading about real people who are struggling to make their lives work, making mistakes along the way, and maybe figuring it all out - as much as possible, anyway.

Though it started out a bit slow, and took a while for me to get into the story and connect with the characters, get into it and connect I did. Maybe I was able to connect so well with Annie because I'm around her age. Li
Mary Rowen
Oct 30, 2012 Mary Rowen rated it it was amazing
This novel is deceptively complex, as it pulls the reader through several stories that intertwine in odd and unique ways. We meet a young married woman (Annie) who is having an affair because her marriage isn’t fulfilling, and her older brother (Rob) who is struggling to figure out how he feels about his long-time girlfriend. The father of these two siblings has recently died, and his death causes both of his adult children to take a closer look at themselves and their parents’ strange marriage. ...more
Mar 23, 2013 Lilyjean rated it it was amazing
Ms. Sterling transforms a familiar theme - young wife & mother falling out of love with her husband - into a fresh & compelling narrative. With a deft hand, she traces the intolerable conflict building within her anti-heroine, Annie. The tale is all the more gripping because Annie's husband, Brian, is a perfectly decent, indeed admirable man - as is her new love, Tom. Sterling weaves their shifting passions & surroundings into a beautifully written page-turner, staying true to the ...more
Sep 03, 2012 Erica rated it it was amazing
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Loved it! The descriptions are sublime. I could visualize every setting--the antiques store, the old English house, and so on. I was drawn in immediately and hated to put it down. Looking forward to the next one!
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(I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review).

After Rob and Annie's father died their mother is trying to cope with being alone. Rob stays with his mother for a bit and then returns to England where he is researching his book. His live-in girlfriend, Jess is trying to find a job as a dancer but is not making great headway. Rob meets a stranger and starts to wonder if his life as it is is what he wants in the end.

Annie thinks her mother is not grieving as much as
Jun 02, 2013 Joani rated it liked it
The story unfolds in a small town in Maine after the sudden death of the father of a New England family. Annie, a minister's wife, and Rob, a labor historian, encounter secrets that reveal how little they knew their seemingly predictable parent. The novel is surprisingly well written, considering it was a free download. Historically, I haven't had much success with these. The reason I didn't give it a five-star rating is that I felt the ending was weak, which is unfortunate considering how ...more
May 26, 2013 Jill rated it liked it
Annie is having an affair with Tom and struggling in her failing marriage to Brian, all while her brother Rob needs to decide on a long term relationship with Jessica. Brought home by their father's death, the story follows their parallel stories in New England and England and their about their mother who totally disregards their father's ashes. This story shows the emotional side of infidelity and the cost secrets have on relationships.

Started slow and picked up pace near the end.
Mar 17, 2015 Faith rated it it was amazing
A finely, evenly delicately wrought portrait of a mother of a young child. The mother strays into the arms of an antiques dealer. The novel sympathetically portrays the wife/adulterer's relationship to her husband, her ancient mother, the antque dealer. It conveys that two-minded quality of the life and interior life of a person who exists on two planes, one forged in deceit.
Aug 20, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
First novel for a friend of a friend which was fun because I could hear her "voice" in my head as I read it.
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A richly layered story of grief, loss & longing that brings to mind Agee’s A Death in the Family. Brilliantly and beautifully written, but not easy to read for all its sadness.
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Susan Sterling is the author of Dancing in the Kitchen a novel about the unraveling of secrets in a New England family (Publerati, May 2012).

Sterling’s stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Best American Sports Writing, Down East, and various journals and anthologies including A Healing Touch: True Stories of Life, Death and Hospice, edited by novelist Richard Russo (Down East Bo
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