DANCING ON THE EDGE OF THE ROOF by SHEILA WILLIAMS
At forty-one, Juanita Lewis is running away from home, courtesy of a one-way ticket to Montana, a place that seems about as far away from the violence and poverty of the Columbus, Ohio, projects as the moon. She wants adventure and excitement–if such things exist for a pre-menopausal African American woman with three grown, deadbeat children.
Juanita’s new life in Paper Moon, Montana, begins at a local diner where a culinary face-off with chef and owner Jess Gardiner finds Juanita in front of Jess’s stove serving up home cookin’ that lures the townsfolk like a magic spell. And suddenly Juanita, who was just passin’ through, now has a job by popular demand.
Out here in this wide-open space, Juanita’s heart can no longer hide, especially when she sees herself through the eyes of the wonderful and eccentric people of this down-to-earth town. She’s happy in Paper Moon; she’s found a home, but can she stay? And then there’s Jess. She has always dreamed of romance, but she never planned on falling in love.
Before I begin, I absolutely loved this book!!!
Juanita is a forty plus year old woman, living a humdrum life which consist of a routine of work, home, and family. Living with her dead beat children, one day at work her life suddenly changes and opens up the world around her. She discovered a new world through BOOKS!! A self confessed non reader, Juanita takes a chance, buys a dictionary and begins to read. This small act opens up the world beyond her small cubbyhole of existence. Not only did her outlook on her life change, she did too. Know longer content with the mundane existence, she decides to embark on a journey of her own.
There are a multitude of reasons I loved this book, but here are the top three:
- It had the right mix of funny, laugh out loud moments.
- It’s impeccably written through the eyes of the main character Juanita.
- The characters were entertaining and well developed.
I could go on and on about this book, I’m still chuckling from one of the more memorable scenes. I highly recommend this and can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. I’m so glad I found this literary find at a local book sale. 5 STARS
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