Advanced Praise for Last Dance on the Starlight Pier
“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)
First published: 2022
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Length: 384 pages
Last Dance on the
PUBLISHING APRIL 12, 2022
Set during the Great Depression, Sarah Bird’s latest novel tells the story of one woman—and a nation—struggling to be reborn from the ashes.
July 3. 1932. Shivering and in shock, Evie Grace Devlin watches the Starlite Palace burn into the sea and wonders how she became a person who would cause a man to kill himself. She’d come to Galveston to escape a dark past in vaudeville and become a good person, a nurse. When that dream is cruelly thwarted, Evie is swept into the alien world of dance marathons. All that she has been denied—a family, a purpose, even love—waits for her there in the place she dreads most: the spotlight.
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 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.