Dancing in a Distant Place

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From Publishers Weekly This first U.S. release from Scottish novelist Dewar centers on Iris Chisholm, an unassuming school teacher leading an ordinary existence in the late 1960s until her husband dies in a car accident. Left in financial disarray from his secret gambling addiction, a grief-stricken Iris uproots her two adolescent children-Sophy and Scott-and takes a position as the head teacher at a small school in the rural Highlands town of Green Cairns. As an escape from her own problems, Iris throws herself into the tribulations of her students-while her grieving children run wild: Sophy tries her hand at graffiti and Scott, a blossoming hippie, has an affair with the local anarchist’s wife. Meanwhile, Iris becomes the subject of town gossip with two men vying for her attention: reckless lawyer Michael Kennedy and down-to-earth handyman Charles ‘Chas’ Harper. Fans of Maeve Binchy may enjoy Dewar’s perceptive omniscient guidance through the cozy Scottish world of these likeable, flawed characters.Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Read more From Booklist *Starred Review* Although Iris Chisholm’s marriage wasn’t the happiest, she is nonetheless devastated when her husband dies suddenly. Still reeling from the tragedy, she receives more shocking news. Unbeknownst to Iris, her husband has gambled away everything–their savings, their home, even their possessions. Iris has no choice but to start over. She takes a teaching job in Scotland–mainly because it comes with free housing–and moves to the tiny village of Cairns Green with her two teenage children. As the family tries to adapt to life in a sleepy village and deal with their grief and loss, they become more and more distant from each other. As their lives begin to fall apart–son Scott befriends a hippie family, with disastrous results; daughter Sophy is nearly expelled from school; and Iris is too focused on redeeming her love-starved pupils to pay her own kids any attention–it seems the move to Cairns Green was the worst possible one they could have made. But Iris is a strong-willed, stubborn but sensible woman, and she is not about to give up. Touching without being overly sentimental, Dewar’s funny, tragic, warmhearted, life-affirming story is guaranteed to hold readers spellbound. Superb women’s fiction. Emily MeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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