Dancing with Mao and Miguel
A relationship story set against the backdrop of radical politics
in 1970s New Jersey
Read Chapter 1 here!
In the 1970s I was involved in an experience that profoundly affected my life: I joined a "Marxist-Leninist-Maoist" organization. Dancing with Mao and Miguel is a fictionalization of that period, inspired by my experiences....
Dancing with Mao and Miguel
is available online at:
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"The moving story
of a young radical activist trying to find her path in life while infatuated with two inspiring but unreliable dance partners. Filled with multidimensional characters and compelling description of New Jersey working class life in the 1970s, Dancing with Mao and Miguel is above all a story of self-discovery. Readers who decide to follow the novel's heroine on her roller coaster journey will discover some new ways of looking at the world along with her."
Max Elbaum, author,
Revolution in the Air
"Jenny, the youthful protagonist
of the deeply engrossing Dancing with Mao and Miguel,lives at a time of major social and cultural transition. The "sexual revolution" is evolving into the woman's liberation movement. The era of "vanguard" left-wing political formations in the U.S. is facing some major practical and ideological challenges. Jenny's personal struggles as she navigates her way through these tumultuous times makes for an exciting and thoughtful read."
co-founder and co-manager,
Los Angeles 1972-99
"...I couldn't put it down.... There was lots in there I could relate to, particularly the dogmatism, the immaturity of the 'revolutionary,' and the personal insecurity."
President Emeritus, Foundation for Early Childhood Education
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is a retired English as a Second Language teacher and teacher-librarian who recently finished her first novel after three crazy years of sweat and workshops and insanely long hours and writing groups and writers' magazines and 30 books on writing and 20 beta-readers. Oh yes, and after reading dozens of novels and short stories "to see how they did it." She lives in Los Angeles.
Read more about Kitty....
Go to Kitty's blog on what she learned
from writing her first novel.
Kitty also writes a blog on Wordpress about her trip in October 2012 to Mondragon, a worker-owned and run cooperative in northern Spain, and about her work in the AVP (Alternatives to Violence Project) in prisons. The blog includes other topics having to do with transforming society.