Multi-volume, multi-genre author Susan Sage introduces us to her latest and most personal book, a partially fictional memoir of recent ancestors from approximately 100 years ago, “Dancing in the Ring”:
Detroit in the 1920s proved to be the Paris of the West for many—including Catherine McIntosh and Robert Sage. These two law school students are as passionate about each other as they are their dreams.
From a poor family in the neighborhood of Corktown, Catherine learned early on, the necessity of being resilient. She becomes one of the first women in Detroit to obtain a law degree. Bob, the 'battling barrister,' boxes in order to pay for law school. Despite his gruff and tough-boy personality, he is a friend to all: judges, cops, and even a couple members of the notorious Purple Gang. The couple becomes legendary in legal circles for their commitment to social justice causes—as well as notorious in the local speakeasies and dance halls.
At first, their optimism seems boundless, as it had for many following an era of trauma and challenges that included the 1918 flu pandemic. It isn't long before their passionate courtship turns into a tempestuous marriage. Then the Great Depression hits and their lives are forever changed.
The author has leaped several hurdles in one bound! Not only providing an interesting and satisfying story, but she also offers a fictional memoir of some of her ancestors and insight into America a century ago!
The story itself is deep with multiple currents running through it and provides insights into the lives of a variety of people.
I loved this story and so will you. I give it 4.8 stars!
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