Title: Dancing in the Rain
Author: Lynn Joseph
Genre & Theme: YA, Drama, Historical
Published: July 2016
Twelve year-old Elizabeth is no normal girl. With an imagination that makes room for mermaids and magic in everyday life, she lives every moment to the fullest. Yet her joyful world crumbles around her when two planes bring down the Twin Towers and tear her family apart. Thousands of miles away, yet still touched by this tragedy, Elizabeth is swimming in a sea of loss. She finally finds hope when she meets her kindred spirit in 8 year-old Brandt and his 13 year-old brother, Jared.
Brandt and Jared, two boys as different as Oreo and milk and just as inseparable, arrive on the island to escape the mushroom of sorrow that bloomed above their lives in the wake of the tragedy. Elizabeth shows them a new way to look at the world and they help her to laugh again. Set against the dazzling beauty of the Dominican Republic, Dancing in the Rain explores the impact of the tragic fall of the Twin Towers on two Caribbean families. It is a lyrical, well-crafted tale about finding joy in the face of loss, and seeing beauty, mystery and magic in the everyday, as these two fractured families try to make themselves whole once more.
Lynn Joseph is an assured, lyrical writer who allows us to face one of the greatest tragedies of the contemporary world with characters that dance off the page.
Third prize Burt Award for Caribbean Literature 2015
“Beautifully placing moments of loss and grief on the page, Joseph turns tragedy into poetry and gives hope even in the darkest parts of these stories, linking the lives of the characters with almost musical orchestration. This book will break readers’ hearts and then put them back together, in the best way.”
“Dancing in the Rain benefits from good description and a sense of foreboding, leaving the reader to want more.”
“Dancing in the Rain transcends literary fiction and becomes an historical novel…”