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Last Dance on the Starlight Pier

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PUBLISHING APRIL 12, 2022

Sarah Bird’s latest novel brings to spectacular life the enthralling worlds of both dance marathons and the family-run empire of vice that was Galveston in the Thirties. Unforgettable characters harness the resilience in us all that allows us to not only survive the hardest of hard times, but to find joy, friends, and even family, in them.

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“I loved this gorgeous and deeply compassionate novel! Take a front-row seat to the astonishing world of Depression-era dance marathons. Aspiring nurse Evie Grace will dance away with your heart.”

Stacey Swann, author of Olympus, Texas 
(a Good Morning America Book Club Pick)

“An engaging and moving story of second chances told with care and compassion. So relevant to our times and yet wholly and skillfully transportive to the world of yesteryear. Well done!”

Susan Meissner, international bestselling author
(The Nature of Fragile Things)

“I was swept away by this nuanced portrait of impoverished couples who danced for days to keep a roof over their heads and their dreams alive. Last Dance at the Starlight Pier is a reminder of our resilience.”

 

​​Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author

“These pages brim with primal energy, the story propelled by life-or-death stakes and the most vivid cast of characters you could ever hope to meet. A barnburner of a novel that satisfies on every level.”

Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk)

“A poignant, beautifully written story of troubled times and troubled hearts.”

Alan Brennert, bestselling author (Daughter of Molokai)

“Lush historical epic meets riveting personal drama in the story of one woman’s search for redemption. You won’t want the music to stop.”

Amy Gentry, New York Times bestselling author (Good as Gone)

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ABOUT

Sarah Bird

Sarah is the author of 11 novels. Her latest, Last Dance on the Starlight Pier, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in April 2022. In addition to her novels, she has written screenplays for television and magazine articles for national magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Texas Monthly and the Chicago Tribune. During her 10-year screenwriting career, she worked for Paramount, CBS, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, ABC and TNT, as well as several independent producers. In 2015, she was selected for the Meryl Streep/Oprah Winfrey Screenwriters’ Lab. Sarah and her husband, George Jones, live in Austin, Texas, with their son and, arguably, the cutest corgi in the world.

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Praise and Reviews

“Sarah Bird has managed to create a new way of looking at history…one of the most remarkable narrative voices I have encountered in a long time.” 

S.C. Gwynne,

Empire of the
Summer Moon

“Characters come alive on the page… had me variously chuckling, gasping aloud, rubbing the chill bumps on my arms, and holding my breath.” 

Lone Star
Literary Life

“The finest living Texas novelist…showcases all of her gifts in spades…her unmistakable voice displays warmth, wit, and that rare variety of irreverence that possesses real heart.” 

The Texas Observer

“Sarah Bird is a fiercely original writer who combines an acerbic wit with a genuine affection for humanity… [her novel] shines like a new copper penny.” 

Chicago Tribune