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This novel about the end of a way of life often makes for transporting reading. An entertaining drama that reaffirms the familiar adage that family and business don’t mix.

                                              --- Kirkus review

The book offers a great insider's view of what was involved in keeping such a one-time staple of industry running.


The author does a fine job of making characters more human as the novel rolls along. We see them come alive through their foibles and hidden agendas. What looks like a big smooth business on the outside (both the company and the family) is more complex, tricky and nuanced.

                                               ---Tony Tallent, Director of Literacy                                                                                                       and Learning for the

                                                                                     Richland County Public Library

Mary Ann Claud moves easily between past and present and her

descriptions are often poetic.  But secrets drive this story.  The death of a strong matriarch and  CEO of a family company unleashes a range of problems.  Claud’s characters experience family dynamics with heartbreak and humor, and consider the impossible compromises required to keep life moving.  As secrets are revealed, understanding and healing begin to occur.

The emotional struggles in this story will be familiar to readers with complicated families, but no one who reads this book will fail to be moved by the dramatic resolutions.

                                                                                                  - Elizabeth Cox, author of The Slow Moon,

                                                                                                         The Ragged Way People Fall Out of Love

Claud has filled The Dancin Man with carefully chosen, sometimes witty, details that give a vivid picture of upper middle class life in small Southern towns of the era …

                                            --- JoAnne Montague, English Faculty and

                                                    Director of Public Information, USCU (ret.)   


“Mary Ann Claud has a peregrine eye for detail and an ear for truth telling dialogue.”

                               – Jon Buchan, author of Code of the Forest