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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (302 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane McKinney-Whetstone Narrator: Myra Lucretia Taylor Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During the 1970s, Verdi’s relationship with street-smart Johnson leads her to heroin and the brink of destruction. Rescued by a conservative professor willing to give up everything for her, she lives a quiet, comfortable life for 20 years--until Johnson returns to re-ignite old passions. Pulled uncontrollably toward the reckless appetites of her youth, Verdi struggles to understand her desires and to decide where she wants life to take her next. Best-selling author Diane McKinney-Whetstone fills this lush, lyrical novel with the steamy intensity of great jazz music. Myra Lucretia Taylor adds a rich, rhythmic voice to Verdi’s dangerous, intoxicating, and utterly unforgettable dance of self-discovery. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “The author pegs the caring but comfy zeitgeist of the ‘90s…Verdi's evolution, from sheltered but curious daughter of a Southern preacher to drug-addicted student to stifled partner of an overprotective father figure, is all too credible. Flashbacks to the early days of the erstwhile lovers’ relationship shimmer with the intoxication of first love, while their later encounters powerfully reveal their vulnerability to old desires.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Real depth and emotion.”

    Library Journal

  • Blues Dancing is a novel well worth curling up with a long winter's night.”


  • “McKinney Whetstone's strength—apparent in all her work, including Blues Dancing—is plot development. Her novels have a page-turning quality.”

    Philadelphia Weekly

  • Blues Dancing is reminiscent of moving from a beloved neighborhood and leaving behind friends who are like family.”


  • “A fine tale…the author wraps the characters in emotions so acute that readers can virtually taste [them].”

    Black Issues Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Ann | 11/17/2013

    " I have read all of Ms. McKinney-Whetstone's books, and this is my favorite, with Tumbling next. All of her books take place in Philadelphia, one of my favorite cities. This one addresses the issues of the black middle class, drugs, relationships. I've read it a few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by De | 9/11/2013

    " An excellent book about finding your own inner strength and the consequences of the choices we make. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Danielle | 8/8/2013

    " Loved it! My favorite DMW book. Very richly and beautifully written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lydia | 4/24/2013

    " I read this when it first came out and will be re-reading very soon. One of my favorite stories. "

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