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Set during the Great Depression, Sarah Bird's Last Dance on the Starlight Pier is a novel about one woman - and a nation - struggling to be reborn from the ashes.

The daughter of a famous vaudevillian dancer, Evie Grace Devlin is pushed onto the stage at a young age and dubbed the toe-dancing "Pint-Sized Pavlova." Evie hates the glare of the spotlight, no matter how much her fame-obsessed mother forces her into it. A scholarship to study nursing at a Catholic hospital in Galveston, Texas provides Evie with her only hope of escape.

However, just as Evie is about to be certified, secrets from her past are revealed and she is cast out. Its 1932, and she is just one more casualty of the Great Depression, wandering a nation struggling with massive unemployment, economic failure, and government ineptitude. With no choice but to return to her roots, Evie finds work - as an unregistered nurse - looking after a troupe of marathon dancers. Unexpectedly she is thrust back where she doesnt want to be: in front of screaming,adoring audiences.

Though the screams are for her partner, Zave Cassidy, the "Handsome Hoofer Evies talent soon comes to light. Winning over audiences with their fancy moves and implied romance, they make headlines across the country. Off stage, Evie and Zave grow closer, sharing their dreams, and planning a future together. But Galveston in the thirties is a place of dark glamour and dangerous plots where secrets can ignite and consume dreams, love, and, yes, even lives.

Last Dance on the Starlight Pier by Sarah Bird

SKU: 9781250265562
C$24.99 Regular Price
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  • Format

    432 pages; Paperback

  • Published

    February 21, 2023 by St. Martin's Griffin

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