Set during the Great Depression, Sarah Bird’s Last Dance on the Starlight Pier is a novel about one woman – and a nation – struggling to be reborn from the ashes.
July 3. 1932. Shivering and in shock, Evie Grace Devlin watches the Starlite Palace burn into the sea and wonders how she became a person who would cause a man to kill himself. She’d come to Galveston to escape a dark past in vaudeville and become a good person, a nurse. When that dream is cruelly thwarted, Evie is swept into the alien world of dance marathons. All that she has been denied- a family, a purpose, even love – waits for her there in the place she dreads most: the spotlight.
Last Dance on the Starlight Pier is a sweeping novel that brings to spectacular life the enthralling worlds of both dance marathons and the family-run empire of vice that was Galveston in the Thirties. Unforgettable characters tell a story that is still deeply resonant today as America learns what Evie learns, that there truly isn’t anything this country can’t do when we do it together. That indomitable spirit powers a story that is a testament to the deep well of resilience in us all that allows us to not only survive the hardest of hard times, but to find joy, friends, and even family, in them.
Evie Grace is determined to be a nurse. She has been given a scholarship to a nursing school in Galveston. But, all does not go as planned. Her past comes back to haunt her. So, Evie Grace heads back to her old life. But, things have changed.
Ok, when I started this book, I just was not very interested. I don’t know why, just didn’t hit me at the start. But…Y’ALL! This is a wonderful book! I loved Evie Grace and Zave. I enjoyed the prohibition era and the marathon dances. Who knew about the coin showers and the rules of marathon dancing.
Now, not everyone liked this book. I have read a few reviews (and I very seldom do that!) And I agree with a lot of their assessments. There are a lot of characters and Evie Grace makes some poor decisions. But, it is during the depression, I am not sure the decisions I would have made at that time would have been the best either. However, the setting, the time period and the unique backdrop of marathon dancers had me hooked! Now, I did listen to this book and did not physically read it. Sometimes that makes a difference. I might have not enjoyed it as much if I had physically read it.
The narrator, Cassandra Campbell, is probably the reason I enjoyed this book so much. Highly recommend the audio version!
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I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.