Dancing in the Dark by Robyn Bavati

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North American debut of the Australian award-winning drama

Ditty Cohen is passionate about ballet—she loves how it feels to stand en pointe, to rise and spin across the room. But her Orthodox Jewish parents want Ditty to focus on the teachings of the Torah and to marry at a young age according to their religious tradition. Although her parents forbid her to take dance lessons, Ditty secretly signs up for ballet and becomes entangled in a web of deceit. As one lie leads to another and another, Ditty knows she must stop dancing, but she can’t abandon the one thing that gives her freedom. She begins to question her faith and everything her parents have taught her, realizing just how much is at stake as her two worlds collide.


About Robyn Bavati

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Robyn Bavati (Melbourne, Australia) never did become a professional dancer, but she's thrilled to have fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer. Dancing in the Dark is her first novel.
Published February 1, 2013 by Flux. 338 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Readers should note that the ballet studio is not as strong a presence as the arena of religious conflicts.

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In a subtle first novel about familial loyalties and individuality, 12-year-old Ditty has never questioned the strict teachings of her ultra-orthodox Jewish community, the Haredi;

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I don’t want to deal with the consequences of the past five years.” At this point, hopefully the reader will wonder what these consequences are, and what has been going on for the past five years that has led to such consequences too dreadful to face.Deciding, after all, that she can’t let hersel...

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