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I'm a child of the sixties, so reading a tale of three generations of free spirited women was icing on the cake. Vogt created jewels in Sophie, the grandmother - still unyielding in her activist beliefs and quirky personality. Iris, Sophie's daughter and Heaven, Sophie's granddaughter each lend their own beauty to this poignant story.
The story has the perfect mix of ingredients - humor, emotion (plenty of it) and surprises. It's a five-star recipe that I encourage you to read.
As I read, Cat Steven's song, Wild World was playing in my head, making me smile. Oh Baby, it's a Wild World. Bravo Ms. Vogt. You've made this hippie child smile and I look forward to many more treasures from you!
"Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset
Swiftly fly the years,
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears ...
One season following another,
Laden with happiness and tears ..."
- FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Thank you, Jill Vogt.
But the author doesn't take us down a maudlin road. These women are too strong, too independent, too optimistic and too full of dreams to lead us there. Instead, the author does a great job of making us care deeply for Sophie, the grandmother, who lived in a commune in the 1970s and hasn't given up her save-the-world activism; Sophie's daughter Iris, who came about as the result of a relationship Sophie had with another commune dweller, though she's never told Iris who her father is; and Iris's teenage daughter, Heaven, a musical prodigy whose curiosity about her unknown grandfather sets off a chain of events that will change these women's worlds.
The characters' development and the story evolve in real time, and under realistic but labyrinthian circumstances. Dancing with Armando is a book that grabs you and doesn't let go. It's rich, it's deep, it's poignant, it's humorous--it's real life with just enough magic woven in to make us believe that everything has a time and a purpose that will be revealed to us when the stars properly align. "Twinkle to the Twinkle." I highly recommend this gem of a book.
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