Last Dance on the
Sarah Bird’s Last Dance on the Starlight Pier is a sweeping novel that 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 tell a story that is still deeply resonant today as America learns what the novel’s main character, Evie, learns—that there truly isn’t anything this country can’t do when we do it together. That indomitable spirit powers a story that is a testament to the deep well of 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.
“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)
PUBLISHING SPRING 2022
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.
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.”
Empire of the
“Characters come alive on the page… had me variously chuckling, gasping aloud, rubbing the chill bumps on my arms, and holding my breath.”
“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.”