Arabesque: Dancing on the Edge in Los Angeles
By Cherie Magnus
Publisher: Mirasol Press
Published: December 2014
Genre: Personal Narrative, Memoir, Dance
Formats Available for Review: print (limited quantities, only available to qualified reviewers/bloggers in the U.S.), pdf, mobi
It’s 1960 in Los Angeles. Cherie is 17 and on the threshold of change, even as the world awaits the cataclysmic turbulence that soon comes. Cherie is a dancer, a student at UCLA, and in love with a handsome, troubled graduate student who wants her to give up her career plans. The havoc sets her off-balance and into a nightmare world far from her dreams. A memoir of a specific time and place, but also of things that never change.
Arabesque is set in the L.A. of 1960, specifically the San Fernando Valley, Westwood and the campus of UCLA where she is a freshman student of dance. Through the wide eyes of an impressionable teenager in transition to adulthood, the reader visits the coffee houses, googie-style coffee shops, theaters, nightclubs and venues no longer existing in 21st century L.A.
Cherie’s coming of age story is her own, yet it is everyone’s journey through first love, higher education, career plans going awry, making life-changing decisions too young. Cherie’s agonizes over choices and relationships that shake her into a serious depression requiring hospitalization, as the world prepares for the social revolution and upheaval that changes everything forever.
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