~ 1940s Jitterbug Novel ~
Vintage fans and book lovers are in for a real treat.
If you enjoyed reading “The Notebook,” “Water for Elephants,” and the “Secret Life of Dresses,” you will want to read “The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress, by Tam Francis.”
Enter a world of big band jazz, dance halls and malt shops. 17 year-old Violet struggles to balance her troubled father, seamstress job, and growing passion for a “jitterbug” sailor who moves her to distraction by expertly shifting his leg between hers, delicately pushing her into intricately guided dance steps. They race against his deployment and her grifting father to win a dance contest and tie the knot before WWII interrupts.
Half a century later, another 17 year-old ingénue discovers dirty martinis, old jazz, vintage clothing, a skirt wrapping around a warm thigh on a crowded dance floor.
Before leaving for college, June’s mother drops a bombshell: her recently deceased grandmother is not her biological one. While navigating college and unsuccessfully researching her ancestry, she finds an antique jitterbug dress which may lead her to the one person she’s been looking for, and a quest to find the woman’s long lost dance partner.
“The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress” is the parallel story of two young women struggling with budding sensuality, new independence and recent loss, united across generations by a 1940′s swing dress.
Tam Francis, author of “The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress,”
expects to announce the release of her new novel in 2014.