» » Dance Real Slow

Download Dance Real Slow fb2, epub

by Michael Grant Jaffe

Download Dance Real Slow fb2, epub

ISBN: 0374134669
Author: Michael Grant Jaffe
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux; 1st edition (April 1, 1996)
Pages: 241
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 707
Size Fb2: 1681 kb
Size ePub: 1518 kb
Size Djvu: 1616 kb
Other formats: lit doc lrf mbr

Other author's books: Dance Real Slow.

Other author's books: Dance Real Slow. Welcome to Gray City. The free online library containing 450000+ books. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

Dance Real Slow Special thanks to John Glusman and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Peter Scott, and Cindy Klein, the best friend and literary agent any writer could ever want. Also, I wish to thank Morin. Bishop, David Bauer, Steve Rushin and all my friends at Sports Illustrated, Bertis Downs and Mike Mills and the rest of the world’s best band, Georges and Anne Borchardt, the Hamilton and Henkel families, Lynn Cox, and Lorrie Moore. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Read online books written by Michael Grant Jaffe in our e-reader absolutely for free. Books by Michael Grant Jaffe: Dance Real Slow. Author of Dance Real Slow at ReadAnyBook.

This novel is about a young boy's relationship with his father, Gordon, who is trying to adjust to life after his wife walks out. The delicate balance that Gordon manages to achieve in making a life for hiimself is suddenly jeopardized by the reappearance of his ex-wife. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Dance Real Slow book. So begins Michael Grant Jaffe's DANCE REAL SLOW, a debut novel written in 1996 by a young Ohio-born author

Dance Real Slow book. So begins Michael Grant Jaffe's DANCE REAL SLOW, a debut novel written in 1996 by a young Ohio-born author. He tells a story from a father's perspective, whose wife and Calvin's mother abandons them unexpectedly, leaving him to raise the child on his own. If these few sentences were all I knew of this book, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. However, there it was on my Goodreads "T "Calvin eats dirt. He never actually swallows it, just places loose clumps onto his tongue and sucks, I think.

by Michael Grant Jaffe. In the meantime, if you know any books with non-binary main characters you think we should include, please let us know. An intense yet tender story of a father's love for his young son. You just can't help getting involved. Find similar books Profile. Some men would not put Zoe, or themselves, in this situation. Success against the odds. 1. Lots of twists and turns.

A woman abandons a marriage, leaving Gordon Nash to bring up their four-year-old son on his own. He obtains a divorce, moves to a small town and proceeds to cope as a single father. Everything goes well-he has found a girlfriend-when the ex-wife shows up wanting to resume the marriage.

Some error text about your books and stuff. by Michael Grant Jaffe.

By (author) Michael Grant Jaffe. An elegant glimpse of love and loss. "The New York Times Book Rev"iew "A debut that glows with warmth and perception. "Chicago Tribune" "A brave and wise book about keeping love. This is a passionate debut.

Dance Real Slow By Michael Grant Jaffe. 242 pp. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Love - the kind between parent and child - is a dominant presence in the Nash household.

When his wife suddenly abandons both her marriage and her role as mother, part-time attorney Gordon Nash finds himself solely responsible for raising their child, Calvin, and builds a new life in a small Kansas town, where he confronts the frustrations and joys of parenthood. A first novel. Tour.


In the tradition of Kramer vs. Kramer by Avery Corman, Dance Real Slow explores the relationship between a father and his 4 year old son after the boy's mother walks out on them. In, at times, heartbreaking clarity, this book describes the life of Gordon and Calvin, set adrift and learning to cope as a twosome instead of a threesome. Managing hard to put his life in order, Gordon a part time lawyer, reflects not only on his marraige to Katie as he goes through the day to day living of rasing a son, but also his own realtionship with his father. Then when Gordon is finally comfortable in his role as a single parent and when Calvin seems to be well adjusted to his situation, Katie returns. Complicating matters further is Gordon's developing realtionship with a new woman.
Although the subject of fathers and sons has been explored by other writers, particularly Russian authors, Jaffe's book prsents this realationship in a somewhat predicatable and contrived manner. But in the end the predicatement had me rooting for the futther sucesses of Calvin and Gordon.
While I enjoyed most of the novel perhaps its my memory of Kramer vs. Kramer, both the book and movie which I read first and enjoed more, that somewhat spoiled this book for me.
Though Jaffe's novel is far from perfect (weak writing in parts that sounds contrived, some plot strands that just don't work out), let's dwell on the bright side. He captures quite well the frustrations and joys of parenthood. Even the most patient parent occassionaly feels like smacking his/her child at times. Calvin is a cute 4 year old who becomes enamoured of the Portuguese Man of War that his grandmother sends him in a jar! In one of the funniest scenes in the book, they make a trip to a doctor friend who treats the decaying jellyfish and adds formaldyhide which prolongs the creatures jar life a few more days. The love interest part of the book works, although we never find out much about her, but the scenes when his exwife comes back just don't seem to hang together. There were times that the writing sounded "workshoppy" to me. In short, this novel is worth reading for some poignant moments and sweet scenes, but it has several weaknesses that interfere with the novel as a whole.
The misapplied metaphor and the meaningless adjective overwhelm this slight book pretending to be a serious examination of love and fathering. But besides the numerous inappopriate and gratuitous modifiers, there is nothing here. The conflict feels grafted on by an author who recognizes the dullness of his tale, the plot surprises would only surprise the comatose, and the predictability of the whole thing left me weary. A book for those who feel rather than think, for the feelings are all good in this. Nice man, nice boy, nice girlfriend. Nice make-believe story line.
Nothing in here approaches real. Nothing is thought out. It is the harmless cotton candy of modern fiction, tastes great (in very limnited quantities) with no content whatsoever.
I have listened to the unabridged cassette version of this book over & over again. It's really turned out to be my favorite book of all time since it hit home so directly. I discovered it a number of years ago at the same time I was going through a very similar situation. I think dads who have earned custody of their young sons (or daughters) will enjoy the entire content. It accurately explores the challenges of a father raising a small child on his own, the pain left by an exiting mother, and the hope & excitement of a new beginning as well as a new romance entering his life. If going the cassette route, I recommend the unabridged version read by Barrett Whitener.

Ironically the setting for this fictional story is only miles from my hometown, which undoubtedly added to its allure and uncanny similarities for me.

NOTE: This book was also created into a movie in 1999 titled "A COOL DRY PLACE" starring Vince Vaughn. As much as I adored the book, the movie was somewhat of a disappointment. Like many movies, it left out some of the good details found in the original story. But it was still fun to see the characters come to life on the screen.
Jaffe's story provides a wonderful example of how a thirty-something single father deals with parenthood, while at the same time living through the trials and tribulations of his new found life. Love, loss of love, security, and insecurity are all very important themes within this book. Jaffe provides a wonderful set of characters who play out the problems of life in a small town in Kansas (a slow paced backdrop which allows the reader to put into perspective the interaction which occurs between its complex protagonist and the rest of the characters within the novel). All and all, this story is well thought out, and it is very well portrayed. In terms of writing style, Jaffe has room to improve. Though he shows flashes of briliance, his narrative, many times, appears to be organic and repetitive. Written in the first person, there are a lot of "I's," and there is not a whole lot depth in the description of setting. In conclusion, this book excells in bringing to life the problems of a man trying to become a father, and lacks in literary maturity. Something this good writer will only get better at.
A warm thoughtful story of a father's daily trials of raising his four year old son alone. I wasn't sure it would hold my attention at first but the language and scenes rang true and reminded me much of my own sons early years. The author's attempts at giving the story deeper meanings seemed contrived and I wasn't always sure where he was going with the remembrances of his own father. The story tackles many interesting single parent concerns highlighted by attempts to get on with life after a spouse has left, moving to a new town, taking a new job, finding a new lover. I like best how this father's love for his son permeates this story even in those parenting moments when he is frustrated or impatient. A book whose total was greater than the sum of its parts.

Related to Dance Real Slow

Download Raising Alex: Teaching a Child to Make Smart Choices fb2, epub

Raising Alex: Teaching a Child to Make Smart Choices fb2 epub

Author: Steve Reilly
Category: Psychology & Counseling
ISBN: 0897168178
Download The Village Doctor's Marriage (Mills  Boon Medical) fb2, epub

The Village Doctor's Marriage (Mills Boon Medical) fb2 epub

Author: Abigail Gordon
Category: Literary
ISBN: 0263852156
Download First-Time Mom: Getting Off on the Right Foot From Birth to First Grade fb2, epub

First-Time Mom: Getting Off on the Right Foot From Birth to First Grade fb2 epub

Author: Kevin Leman
Category: Christian Living
ISBN: 0842360395
Download A Life in Letters: Ann Landers' Letters to Her Only Child fb2, epub

A Life in Letters: Ann Landers' Letters to Her Only Child fb2 epub

Author: Margo Howard,Melissa Hughes,Ann Landers
Category: Professionals & Academics
ISBN: 0792731026
Download It Takes a Mother to Raise a Village fb2, epub

It Takes a Mother to Raise a Village fb2 epub

Author: Colleen Down
Category: Family Relationships
ISBN: 0970832303
Download Understanding Parenthood and Child Care fb2, epub

Understanding Parenthood and Child Care fb2 epub

Author: Margaret Picton,Doreen Lang
Category: Schools & Teaching
ISBN: 0216907381
Download The Transition to Parenthood fb2, epub

The Transition to Parenthood fb2 epub

Author: Jay Belsky
Category: Parenting
ISBN: 0440506980
Download About Alice fb2, epub

About Alice fb2 epub

Author: Calvin Trillin
Category: Arts & Literature
ISBN: 0739342169