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What We Set in Motion
Set in the turbulent, colorful 1970's, What We Set In Motion finds the daughter of a prominent old South Carolina Lowcountry family fleeing to New York's Greenwich Village in pursuit of a dance career. Cut off by her disapproving father and abandoned by her would-be fiancE, Nadine Carter Barnwell must strive on her own to beat the harrowing odds. Penniless and surrounded b ...more
ebook, 382 pages
Published March 30th 2016 by Novel Ideas by Sae
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Southern fiction is one of my favorite genres and I'm thrilled when I find a new to me author in this genre. I met Stephanie Edwards at the Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, SC, where she is a docent. Because she met Pat in high school, she had lots of great stories to share about him. As with all readers, our discussion soon turned to books that we both enjoyed and I found out that she had her first book on display in the shop so I bought a book and I loved it! The writing is so well done ...more
It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book as thoughtful and captivating as What We Set in Motion. Edwards’ has a way of drawing you into the life of Nadine, to the point that you almost feel you are next to her for every step of her journey. And what a journey it is. I’m not a dancer, have never been to New York, and have only visited South Carolina for vacations, and I still felt each moment as though I were there. Decisions made years ago come back to haunt and have the potential of destroy ...more
Here is a hopeful "coming of age" journey for the main character, Nadine. Though there are challenges that someone less determined or less bold might never overcome, you root for this young woman as if she were your own young relative or friend. The story is an inspiring reminder of what it means to be full of life and passionate about the things you most value. The book moves quickly, as it draws you into a colorful and satisfying narrative that unfolds in two very different worlds.
Read it over a weekend. Although not a thriller, I couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the characters and Nadine's story, a young woman who leaves the security of her home in the lowcountry to pursue a career in dance in New York City. The settings and the characters are familiar and realistic as well as the heartaches and achievements she experiences. A good read, I recommend it.
Loved it from start to finish. As the author spent over 20 years in New York City as a dancer, it begs the question as to whether at least parts of this are autobiographical. A thoroughly engaging story of a young girl's determination to fulfill her dream of dancing professionally in the big city, you will enjoy going along for the ride. It is notable that this is Edwards' debut novel and I would think surely we will see more by this author. An interesting and satisfying story with a strong and ...more
Stephanie, a former dancer and Broadway Costumer, is a writing teacher, novelist and consultant. After attending public school in Beaufort, SC, and college in California, she had a twenty-two-year career in New York Theater. She has worked with such talents as Liza Minnelli, Michael Jackson, Lauren Bacall, Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, and Michael Bennett. When not wr ...more