The classic novel by Patricia Nell Warren.
So the other day I was browsing my own bookshelves for a novel (I don’t have many novels because I haven’t, up until fairly recently, read many of them). I found The Fancy Dancer. I read the back cover description. “… grapples with the sensitive issue of religion and homosexual love.” I was caught.
It was already late but I read it in one sitting.
It is set in 1975 in the Bible Belt, USA. It is the story of a Roman Catholic priest’s coming out.
It is an easy read, tender and touching.
My copy is published by Plume (further information unknown) in 1988, but I see from the internet that it is still in print. It is obviously quite relevant even today. Look out for it.
Once again, my copy of this book is up for grabs to the first Johannesburg based reader of my blog who is willing to meet me somewhere public and convenient to collect it.