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Review of Dancing Between the Raindrops: A Daughter's Reflections on Love and Loss

More About Dancing Between the Raindrops

Dancing Between the Raindrops: A Daughter’s Reflections on Love and Loss, is a powerful meditation on grief, a deeply personal mosaic of a daughter’s remembrances of beautiful, challenging and heartbreaking moments of life with her family. It speaks to anyone who has lost a loved one and is trying to navigate the world without them while coming to terms with complicated emotions.

Lisa Braxton’s parents died within two years of each other—her mother from ovarian cancer, her father from prostate cancer. While caring for her mother she was stunned to find out that she, herself, had a life-threatening illness—breast cancer.

In this intimate, lyrical memoir-in-essays, Lisa Braxton takes us to the core of her loss and extends a lifeline of comfort to anyone who needs to be reminded that in their grief they are not alone.

More About Lisa Braxton

Lisa Braxton is the author of the novel, The Talking Drum, winner of a 2021 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards Gold Medal, overall winner of Shelf Unbound book review magazine’s 2020 Independently Published Book Award, and winner of a 2020 Outstanding Literary Award from the National Association of Black Journalists and a Finalist for the International Book Awards. She is also an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, an essayist, and short story writer.

She is on the executive board of the Writers Room of Boston and a writing instructor at Grub Street Boston, and currently serves as President of the Greater Boston Section of the National Council of Negro Women and is a member of the Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

My Thoughts About Dancing Between the Raindrops

I'm always torn by memoirs...some I love, some not so much. Dancing Between the Raindrops kept my interest from start to finish. Lisa wrote about an area I'm familiar with but an experience I'm not so it allowed me to look through new eyes and reconsider. Lisa's portrayal of her family was multi-faceted and covered such a span of time that by the book's end I felt as if I had actually met them.

I enjoyed the story Lisa had to tell but I was in love with the WAY she told it. Lisa used every trick in the book: poetry, hermit crab essays, photographs, narrative. Each chapter was it's own unique jewel, told in the way that best suited the information she wanted to impart. I believe the different types of writing were also influential in making the reading of Dancing Between the Raindrops so emotional.

If you belong to a family, you will appreciate this book.

A Little Extra

Braxton's first book was the novel The Talking Drum about plans for gentrification in a 1971 Massachusetts community, the people that live there, suspicious fires and the questions of belonging.

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