[Book Review] Dream Dancer by S. J. Schwaidelson

By S. J. Schwaidelson

Leah Fine is an Anthropology student from Minnesota, recording the rituals of an ancient civilization in Peru. A year studying their culture and rites carries a deeper meaning for Leah and, on returning home to Minnesota, to continue her studies, she finds she’s left something of herself behind. Tan, a member of the tribe, yearns for something more in his life and, with the help of his friend, Dr. Morales, makes his way to study in Minnesota, pursuing his own dreams. But the tribe finds itself under threat from local drug cartels placing Leah in the position to effect change.

Schwaidelson packs a lot into this story. It really has something for everyone: a love story, mystery, and action. The language is wonderfully descriptive, creating vivid imagery in every scene of the book. The characters are well-developed and I found it easy to connect with them. My biggest takeaway was the important message about exploitation of indigenous peoples, as well as natural resources.

The story is unique with a uniquely Jewish voice.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

New York born, but living in Minnesota, S. J. Schwaidelson is a playwright, political blogger, and novelist.

Now a widow, S.J. met her husband at the University of Minnesota while she was pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater direction, and they settled in Saint Paul, his home town. After the boys were born, she switched to playwrighting for children, and spent 20 years working on commissioned musicals as part of Schwaidelson and Waterman, Playwrights. Between plays, there were kids to raise, a husband to humor, day jobs, and novels to write.

Her alter ego has been writing The Wifely Person Speaks since 2010. Read world-wide, the blog opened the doors to a number of unique opportunities, including a Google Hangout on women’s issues for the New York Times, writing commentary for Minnesota Public Radio, and one very interesting interview with the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, after a silent flash-mob protest. She continues to publish the blog weekly, late Monday nights, and has yet to skip a week.

When she’s not writing, she’s working a day job in corporate travel or wandering around Ikea.

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