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Alice Simpson

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7/27/2021: "ELDRIDGE STREET, 1902" by Alice Simpson has been selected for publication in Persimmon Tree Magazine (Date: TBD)

"ABOARD THE COASTAL STARLIGHT" by Alice Simpson: https://persimmontree.org/winter-2019...

Alice Simpson never thought she’d leave New York City—or be a published author. When she moved to Southern California in 2010, it was a surprise just how her life would change. Her work/live loft provided a wider, sunnier vista with room to create hand painted books, clay sculptures—and to write.

Simpson's debut novel, BALLROOM, was published by HarperCollins—and Alice dusted off her tango shoes and began taking private lessons—at home.

The first four chapters of BALLROOM received second place fo
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Love for some is constant. For others—fleeting and elusive. I write about people who have difficulty expressing themselves, …more
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Love for some is constant. For others—fleeting and elusive. I write about people who have difficulty expressing themselves, sustaining relationships. They are scarred and wounded. Time is running out for some of them, the things they want are just out of reach. The Ballroom is a small universe—shabby with moments of moonlight.
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Meanwhile my second novel, this one a satirical thriller, is heading to the Post Office tomorrow - on its way to my editor in New York.
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WRITING & OTHER DANCES

WRITING & OTHER DANCES
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ALICE SIMPSON
Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 pm
Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater
10 West 64th Street
New York, NY

Six lonely souls seek solace on Sunday nights in the faded grandeur of a New York dance hall. It’s 1999, and the ballroom on Union Square has seen better days. Still, in the dim light and dazzling blur of dance after dance—ordinary men and women can escape Read more of this blog post »
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The anthrax, like the reactivation of the human pathogens of hatred and tribalism in this evolving century, had never died. It lay in wait, sleeping, until extreme circumstances brought it to the surface and back to life.
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“For the company to assemble at a late hour and engage in unusual, exciting and severe exercise throughout the entire night, is often too great a tax upon the physical system. To dress too thinly, and in a state of perspiration to be exposed, as ladies at the ball frequently are, to draughts of cold, is oftentimes to plant the seeds of a disease from which they never recover. Again, to come in contact, as ladies are liable to, more especially at the public ball, with disreputable men, is sometimes to form alliances that will make a lifetime of sorrow.' —Thomas E. Hill, Evils of the Ball, 1883”
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“ABOUT SENTIMENTALITY IN LITERATURE:
"Sentimental fiction is a kind of pablum: Excessive amounts can spoil the appetite for reality, or at least for more fibrous forms of art. One reason, surely, why readers throw down books when they don't contain sufficiently "likable" characters is that their tolerance for any sort of moral challenge - for being asked, say, to sympathize with homeless little boys who are godless and truculent and a bit smelling - has been eroded by too many fairy tales masquerading as adult literature."~ wrote Zoe Heller for Bookends in the Sunday's NY Times Book Review interview”
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“She can’t explain or quite understand what it is that is special about dancing with Harry. When he opens his arms to her, he is so sure, the way he holds her, not too hard, not too soft. Like coming home. Where she belongs. The way he moves her. They are a part of the music. Their bodies fit together, move like one person. Perfect. The way a man and a woman must feel, she thinks, when they are in love. He makes her feel beautiful, too, like when he assures her that someday she will be good enough to be a professional dancer. Harry must know, because he is the best dancer, the best teacher, a girl could have, patient and gentle. She is lucky that he believes in her. That is how she feels outside his door.”
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“I turned silences and nights into words. What was unutterable, I wrote down. I made the whirling world stand still.”
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“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
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Majenta Hello, Alice! Thank you for contacting me! Congratulations on your book. Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Happy October! Have a good day and a great month. Blessings!

Best wishes from Majenta


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Alice Alice wrote: "Bonnie wrote: "I read The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and loved it. Thanks for the recommendation. Hope all is well with you. Bonnie"

Definitely not everyone's cup of tea,

Bonnie-
There's an excellent discussion going on at NYRB Classics about "The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne."



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Alice Bonnie wrote: "I read The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and loved it. Thanks for the recommendation. Hope all is well with you. Bonnie"

Definitely not everyone's cup of tea,
It's like a swamp here in Southern California. Might as well be in New York in July! That looks like a beloved pooch. Is it a Jack Russell? I have a fox terrier!


Bonnie Brody I read The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne and loved it. Thanks for the recommendation. Hope all is well with you. Bonnie


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Hello Alice,

It's such a pleasure having you for a friend here at Goodreads. I’m looking forward to reading “Ballroom”. Again, just let me know when it’s released and we’ll do a promotion for it on CJ’s Writer Thoughts!

Thank you so much and best wishes to you.

My warmest regards and respect,
CJ

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