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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557196523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557196524
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,333,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Bonner grew up in the Sierra foothills near Lake Tahoe, where her parents ran a roadside cafe in the '40's. She learned story telling from sitting behind the stove on snowy nights, listening to travellers tell theirs. She went on to
be a "housewife", mother, secretary, news reporter, honor student, and finally, University professor, writing stories the whole time, usually putting them in drawers until she had time to edit them. Her short stories have appeared in many
publications, from True Confession to Writers Forum, her Jeannette Rankin screenplay has been optioned, her plays produced at several theaters, and her two memoirs, the Laid Daughter and First Love Last, are on Amazon. Her first novel, Cry Dance, was published in 2010, and Dolphin Papers, another work of fiction, followed in 2011. "I like to write about what brings us together," Bonner says. " That's what all my books, whether sci-fi like Dolphin Papers or a story of a Jesus like young woman who truly believes there is no death, like Cry Dance, are about. I like to tell stories about possibilities. War stories or true romance stories or battle stories are fine,the world needs them, but I think we need more stories about how to stay out of wars and hatred and all that." Readers must want that too, because both Cry Dance and Dolphin papers have won national awards, the Eric Hoffer award and the Sharp Writ award. Bonner's next book, to be published in 2013, is MsDemeanors, a novel about the 1970's.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Henry on February 7, 2011
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Bonner's Cry Dance is a very good book. Her central character is a young woman who is blessed with advanced intuitive abilities and an understanding of human-ness that can only be inborn, not learned. The young woman has the inate ability to caste light on any person or any environment she touches.

But this young woman draws some extremely challenging life experiences, and she struggles mightily to find the light within those situations. In the process, she inadvertently brings some very difficult circumstances to those she loves. Working through her challenges and learning to forgive herself are the primary focuses of this fine novel. I highly recommend it.
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I picked this book up because I was raised not far from the Bishop area where the story is born and because of my interest in Native American people and their culture. Both interests were rewarded and more. Even then a "reality" novel is a stretch from my usual fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers, and crime novels. The sub-title is why I noticed it, "What if there is no death?" Strange question for a person who questions whether there is even a god, much less a male one.
The prologue starts with a young woman, Lorinda, accused of a murder she must have done but claims she is innocent. After I have worked for 43 years in the justice system I have heard that before. Yeah, right. And the story gets better. It is a "reality" novel because Lorinda faces and deals with some quite personal issues that she allows to change her way of being. The story had me thinking about issues I found quite challenging like the very first question about the reality of death. There is a beauty in the way the story ends in that it brings me back to its birth in Bishop and the Paiute culture.
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By Anne Tidwell on April 25, 2010
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Helen Bonner's novel, Cry Dance, starts with premise "what if there is no death." I was hooked. We follow heroine, Lorinda from the innocent life of the Sierra Nevada Mountains near the Paiute Indian Reservation. When her friend, Richard, decides to join the army, Lorinda follows him to Los Angeles. After his deployment to Iraq, Lorinda's life in Los Angeles is a combination of turbulence, excitment, and tragedy, including the death of two friends. We follow her from a cheap motel to the Penthouse of a producer and eventually to Iraq as a USO entertainer. It is a journey you won't soon forget.

Beautifully written, Cry Dance is a complex and intriguing work.
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Helen Bonner's Cry Dance is a novel unlike any other I've read. It explores issues of life and death, of friends and lovers and their failure to be for each other what they had hoped to be. It is about one woman's belief in the power of love beyond appearances, beyond the grave. It brings together in a fascinating way people from widely diverse backgrounds and reveals their common humanity. It's a story of love from many different angles and never fails to keep the reader interested and intrigued.
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