Summer of the Dancing Bear, a historical novel, posted for review, NetGalley--Guernica Editions
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My new novel, Summer of the Dancing Bear, is posted on NetGalley, publisher Guernica Editions. Anyone interested in reviewing? I'd love to get your feedback.
Summer of the Dancing Bear is a story about the "rite of passage" of a fourteen-year old girl befriended by a gypsy clan.
Synopsis: Summer of the Dancing Bear is a historical novel that explores fourteen-year old Kata’s search for a viable identity, acceptance of death, and understanding of love, through her journey of solving the mystery of the missing two-year old girl that occurred when Kata was eight years old. The story evolves within a village community polarized by racial intolerances between the villagers and the itinerant gypsies, where she grows up under the tutelage of her grandmother. It is set in the countryside near Belgrade.
Inspiration for the novel: The novel was inspired by my belief, based on my mother’s confession to me, that my biological father was a gypsy musician/blacksmith. As a child growing up in the former Yugoslavia, I spent much time in the camps of both local and itinerant gypsies, secretly searching for a father I never knew.
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