Dancing on Glass by Susan Taylor Chehak
A Novel

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This startling novel is a tale of illicit passion, transgression, and retribution, set in the very heart of middle America. Bader Von Vechten's marriage to Katherine Craig unites the leading families of Cedar Hill and promises to heal the wounds of three generations. But when Bader commences a love affair with a beautiful young man, Katherine is goaded to the desperate act that will change their lives irrevocably, setting in motion the series of tragic events that will play themselves out over two generations. Only twenty-five years later, in the wake of death, murder, and disgrace, can Bader, changed almost beyond recognition, return to Cedar Hill. There a chance encounter affords Bader his last hope for human contact -- and redemption.

Psychologically uncompromising and emotionally gripping, Dancing on Glass is a bold novel that sweeps the reader along from its unforgettable opening scene to its climactic ending. A brilliant evocation of the passion and violence that lurk beneath the surface of smalltown life, it marks a significant step forward in the career of a writer whose fiction has already been hailed as masterly.


About Susan Taylor Chehak

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Chehak has developed several dramatic series pilots for television and taught fiction writing at The University of Southern California and UCLA, Extension.
Published May 1, 1993 by Houghton Mifflin. 246 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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As the narrator of this well-crafted novel observes, ``Just because you maybe can't see something clearly, well, that doesn't mean that it's not there.'' Although Chehak ( Harmony ) here refers to the worm farm that a young girl sees in a heap of garden dirt, the sentiment also underscores her da...

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