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A Second Chance at Dancing: A Memoir of Sorts by [Tusa Jr., Michael T.]
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“Part fiction, part memoir, A Second Chance at Dancing recounts a soul-searching quest reminiscent of the great 20th-century existentialist narratives, intensely personal but striking deep roots into the human condition. Tusa gives us not a string of events but a site of reflection, a circling down, as his narrator slowly opens a hidden emotional landscape. When the plot hits, it hits powerfully, but the real story remains the inner story.

“In some sense, the narrator, Michael, is everyman, too old for coming-of-age, too young for a mid-life crisis. He is a bit like Camus’s Meursault but laden with emotional content, a bit like Salinger’s Holden but more mature. With analytical precision – and an eye on the emotional limits of that analytical precision – he grapples with his budding career, with the siren call of the barroom, and with the meaning of life. And of relationships. But especially one relationship. Caroline. Caroline is pure and enigmatic, but sensual and present. One gets the sense that she too is just a human being, but that she alone can wedge something open in the narrator, something that gives him – and us – an ephemeral glimpse at something universal and very solemn about the human experience.”

—Gary Gautier, Ph.D., author of HippiesMr. Robert’s Bones, and Year of the Butterfly

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Michael has no memory of his childhood. Deeply intellectual but emotionally choked he's forced to wrestle with his unresolved past when he loses yet another lover in a string of failed relationships. After initially resisting he tries to piece together his history with the help of his best friend Caroline. He grapples with the stress of his career as a lawyer, the escape provided by the anonymity of the barroom, and his inability to control a growing unfocused anger. Caroline, a Christian, and Michael, an atheist, spend hours bumping heads over religious issues and meaning. Although Michael remains a non-believer, it is an act of God that finally opens his heart.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1735 KB
  • Print Length: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Red High Top Press (12 April 2018)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07C6GQ239
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #816,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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