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Saturday Night Dance Club
The lives of four couples, from the early 1900s to the 1930's, are touched by the horrors of the Great War, the growing threat of organized crime, the misery of the Depression and the threat of another war. Together they find solace and escape by creating their own Saturday Night Dance Club. The story is based on true events, documented in the author's family history.
Karen Truesdell Riehl began writing for publication 12 years ago. Two of her plays, Alice in Cyberland and Getting out of Salem, were national award winners. Her writing achievements are remarkable, given her lifelong battle with dyslexia. She couldn't read until the age of ten.
Karen's novel, The Ghosts of Fort Ord was inspired by living next door to the abandoned military base for a month.
Her memoir, Love and Madness: My Private Years with George C. Scott, tells of her 30-year liaison with the film star. Karen's honesty about her hidden life reveals the plight of unwed mothers in the 1950s.
Her novel, Freedom's Sins, is the story of scandal in a fictional Indiana town, the Peyton Place of the Midwest.
Karen's latest book, Saturday Night Dance Club, is taken from bits and pieces of history gleaned from family letters and photographs. The story is fiction, but her characters will live in your memories forever.
"By the Spring of 1930 six million Americans were out of work. We had all lost our money, our jobs, and some of our spirit. But on the third Saturday night of every month, we gussied up, rolled back the rugs, and danced. No long faces allowed!
Each couple invited another guest couple, and everyone attending brought something to eat. We girls helped restyle each other’s gowns and hair, and the men set up a tie exchange table in the front hall. Will made a sign that read: "Hey, Brother, can you spare a Dance?"
No one had money for childcare. We dressed Sarah and Willum in their Sunday best and brought them along. There were two baskets with babies under the table and toddlers sleeping in chairs. We kept the babies in the room with us to be near the music and watch the dancing. They would be the next generation of the Saturday Night Dance Club."