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The Eclipse Dancer

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Honorable Mention 2018 Reader Views Literary Awards

"The storyline is simple in that it is easy to follow, yet intricate as layers unwind with a seamless, melodic flow. And, while the author excels at getting inside the heart and soul of her readers, the connection
garnered by what remains unsaid is remarkable. The writing is descriptive and artistic, without being flowery
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 3rd 2018 by Who Chains You Books (first published 2018)
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J.P. Willson
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to be truthful here for a moment and apologize to the author for my tardiness in reviewing this latest work of hers. I forgot I had it. With moving to a new city and starting a new job taking up most of my time this work of hers just ended up in my downloads on my computer metaphorically, 'collecting dust.'
When I ran across it yesterday while searching for something else, I knew I had to appease my own sense of respect to the craft and read this as I had said I would.
I am so very glad I
Barbara Bamberger
The Eclipse Dancer
Laura Koerber

In this magically real novel, a sixty-something female examines her life and her heritage as a mixed species creature – half human, half fairy.

Andy is sixty-five, still living in the central Iowa farm region where she was born, and still with her mother, Cindy, who is slowly perishing from cancer, dementia and the lack of the booze she loved so well. Andy’s days would be tough but for her love of nature and her prodigious memory of past events. On the day the book
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Yay, sun! Go moon! Eclipse, eclipse, eclipse now!’

Pacific Northwest author Laura Koerber has penned four books in her retirement on an island with her husband and her two dogs. She is an animal advocate, works with dog rescue, cares for disabled people, is a political activist, and, of course, an author – her books The Listener's Tale, I Once Was Lost, But Now I'm Found, Limbo and now The Eclipse Dancer written in the genre of magical realism and fantasy.

From the first words of her book Laura t
Bronson Palmer
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have to be in the right headspace to read a book like Laura Koerber's 'The Eclipse Dancer.' A book that is ostensibly about caring for someone at the end-of-life, Koerber's work is both sad and uplifting, but the benefit is that it is so beautifully written that it does not fall into a kind of murky, depression porn that many of these books do.

Koerber's prose style is lyrical and beautiful without being overtly flowery. She manages to balance not just the many difficult passages of abuse and
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eclipse Dancer, by Laura Koerber, is a story that blends reality with fantasy. Not for the faint of heart, it begins with a dismal picture of a woman who is taking care of her alcoholic mother who is suffering, both physically and mentally - during her last days. But this is a novel that has moments of beauty within the darkness, and gives not only an intriguing account of fairy life - but also a close look at the complexities of mother-daughter relationships.

Through flashbacks throughout the s
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber is a fantastical mix of fantasy and the harsher aspects of reality. This is a rather gritty story as a daughter, Andy, is taking care of her alcoholic mother who is in her last days of life. That alone is difficult enough, and gives a realistic edge to this book. This part examines the mother-daughter relationship quite nicely, with all of its turmoil and complexity. Along with that, the author includes the fairy life, and that is where the fantasy aspect take ...more
G.J. Griffiths
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review: Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber
This novel by Laura Koerber is an amazing mixture of fantasy and contemporary, somewhat harsh, reality. The thought of reading such a book is not at all my usual choice of literature, but, having read one of her books before and enjoyed it, I looked forward to starting Eclipse Dancer. Ms Koerber has a magic all of her own when it comes to writing moments of fascinating, surreal intrigue combined with the touching complications that often revolve around fami
Bob Blanton
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A magical book about coming to terms with life.

This book is beautifully written, the prose brings you into Andy’s life and let you feel her emotions. The book is about growing up as much as it is about the fantasy that life has. How a young girl made a better life for herself than the disaster that was her mother’s life. And yes, there be fairies in them thar woods.

Give it a read, you won’t regret it. There is a little Andy in of all of us.
Jimmy Jefferson
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mix of magical fantasy with harsh reality

This is an intriguing story of a fantasy world and a real world that we discover through the eyes of a woman who must care for her mother as she slowly dies and relive her younger years and the world of faries. This story caught my attention from the first page and I found myself being pulled deeper and deeper into the fantastic fantasy world blending with the real world. If you like fantasy and faries but can relate to the real world and the struggles
William Collins
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koeber is at its heart the story of main character Andy and the relationship between her abusive and alcoholic mother Cindy.

The novel is full of wonderful and intricate descriptions, although sometimes certain passages do veer into the too flowery for me.

Although very well-written, I found Eclipse Dancer started slow, but really picked up when the fantasy, fairy elements became apparent.

The story was a sad but honest read, both fantastical and realistic. Andy was a
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Eclipse Dancer” by Laura Koerber is an enchanting story that carried me away to another world for just a few days but will linger in my thoughts for some time to come.

This is one of the most captivating stories I have read recently. The author has an extraordinary talent for transporting the reader directly into her story. Her voice is distinct and rich with tones both inviting and unsettling at the same time.

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Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/19)

Soul-stirring and bewitching, “The Eclipse Dancer” by Laura Koerber is an enchanting story that carried me away to another world for just a few days but will linger in my thoughts for some time to come.

While people flock to Allenburg to catch the total eclipse of the sun, Andy is content to watch from her old family home, a single-wide trailer just outside of town. As the sky blackens to complete darkness Andy abandons her cares and loses herself in
A.A. Bavar
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
An emotional story that came across more like the pages of a diary.

In The Eclipse Dancer, Ms. Koerber takes us through an emotional journey of self discovery and growth. The story begins in present time with Andy taking care of her dying mother. Through continuous flashbacks, we hear her story as she remembers her childhood and adolescent years.

Ms. Koerber is clearly a talented author with a strong voice, however, in The Eclipse Dancer she fails to present a compelling central conflict to truly
Susan Buchanan
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a tale about Andy’s many losses in her life as she waits for yet another loss to happen, the loss of her mother, who’s dying from cancer and dementia. Andy is half human, and half fairy, and as such has some unusual abilities, save one, she cannot stop death. Andy has suffered several losses by the time she’s sixteen; the loss of her beloved dog, Hairy, Kenshi, her fairy-guide and playmate, and old man Tolliver, her neighbor who knows about the existence of fairies.
The author uses the ba
Cearúil Swords
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Eclipse Dancer is a well written story with a lot of heart.

There is a lot to enjoy in this story, I was most involved in the everyday activities of Andy and her relationship to her brother and her mother. The dynamic and the evolution in those relationships was when the story was the most real and engrossing. There were nice turns of phrase and small moments when I could feel the story was a lived experience.

I was less keen on the fairy elements, but they had heart too. Unfortunately some of th
Julius Blitzy
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A sedative story that starts with «Andy was surrounded by darkness and smoke. The smoke came from her cigarette. She held the butt up in front of her face and exhaled, the smoke making lazy spirals up and out into the warm, thick summer air. There was no one to watch her, no one to tell her that smoking would kill her. No need for her to reply, “Not dead yet.”»
From the very beginning I felt some sadness of the main character, who was caring for her sick mother, liking to drink alcohol. Andy was
Gina Karasek
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. This is a unforgettable story of a girl and the relationships she gains and loses throughout her life. Such depth of character. Because it was about fairies and half-humans, I assumed it would not interest me for long but I can't begin to explain all that I saw and felt as I read it. Each relationship that Andy had - be it with her family, a dog, her neighbor, a fairy boy, or a half human-fairy - had so much to it. I've typed and dele ...more
Florian Armas
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eclipse Dancer, is a strange story mixing reality and fantasy. It is a gritty novel , starting with the memories of a woman who is taking care of her alcoholic mother during her last days. The writing is sometimes surreal and serving a larger scale, sometimes recalling minor events of life with unwanted detail, yet for sure it is descriptive one - the reader falls under the charm of Andy and her eclipse dance. Here and there, old traditions come into view, real or not, and they add a new dimensi ...more
Chris Keaton
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to say this is an exquisitely written fantasy deeply rooted in a rich, very believable world. This is in essence a coming of age story told from the perspective of the main character as an older woman on death watch with her mother. The author paints a realistic view of aging and youth, with a tastefully interwoven tale of fairies in America. It's often bleak, but always beautiful. The ending came too soon because I found myself entirely engrossed in this story. I intend to read everythin ...more
C.D. Tavenor
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done!

Creative take on the modern fantasy genre. I especially liked the subtle details injected into the story, including references to climate change!

If you want a character driven fantasy in a contemporary setting, consider The Eclipse Dancer.
Laura Koerber
Jan 20, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I got a five star review from Readers' Favorites. This is the review: Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
The Eclipse Dancer by Laura Koerber follows the journey of a thirteen-year-old as she learns of her hidden identity and later as she comes back home after years away from her family. Andy had always known she was different and more than once she was teased for it. This was until she met the nature spirits whom she learned were related to her through her long-gone father. Andy fina
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I live on a island in the Puget Sound with my husband and my dogs. I am a retired teacher, presently doing in -home care for disabled people while volunteering at a dog rescue

My degree is in art, and I am a painter, graphic artist, and ceramic sculptor. The writing started about five years ago, a surprise to me and everyone who knows me, since I had never written anything before.

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