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Arabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles
It's 1960 in Los Angeles. Cherie is 17 and on the threshold of change, even as the world awaits the cataclysmic turbulence that soon comes. Cherie is a dancer, a student at UCLA, and in love with a handsome, troubled graduate student who wants her to give up her career plans. The havoc sets her off-balance and into a nightmare world far from her dreams. Arabesque is a preq ...more
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published December 20th 2014 by Mirasol Press
(first published December 11th 2014)
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Dec 22, 2014 Lisa Reads & Reviews rated it really liked it · review of another edition
It takes bravery to write a memoir. Since the story is presented as factual, and is presented without the benefit of camouflage behind fictional events and characters, I choose not to judge plot or content--this is part of a person's life story, after all. The 3.5 star rating I've awarded is meant to applaud the experience the author has worked to communicate of their life and loves as a dance student in UCLA in the 60's. Every life is unique, and readers enjoy other perspectives about times the ...more
Arabesque is a memoir that depicts the author’s early years. In many ways it may be viewed as a coming-of-age account. One aspect arising almost immediately is Cherie’s passion for dance. A passion that developed early on. A passion that has never abated and continues to the present day. Indeed, for lover’s of dance in all its forms this will prove an enjoyable read. However, the memoir is by no means limited to dance. The reader is treated to a variety of insights into family, and other, relati ...more
I read the other reviews here and most focus on the dance aspect of the author's story. That is a huge part of who she is and is meant to be, but I saw this story as a woman coming of age and struggling to find herself in a society that wanted women to marry, have children and be satisfied doing the housework. It was also a time of civil and racial unrest. At one time or another in her life, Cherie found herself at the crossroads. Raised to please others before herself, decisions to find her own ...more
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