“Are you excited to get your white swan on?” he asked. He had turned so his left hand was on the barre and he was watching me stretch while he did a few plies.
Rose leaves home at the age of twelve to study ballet at one of the most prestigious Russian schools in the United States. She lives in a dorm with other young dancers who are determined to achieve their dreams, no matter the cost. After three years of training and performing under harsh teachers, Rose finds her mental well-being quickly spiraling out of control. She leaves behind the world of elite ballet and returns home injured and no longer eating.
Back home in California, Rose must face the guilt of giving up her chance at greatness, as well as remembering how to deal with her dysfunctional family. The one highlight of her return is a small local dance studio and a boy there who helps rekindle her love for ballet and for herself. But he also rekindles the memory of Rose’s darkest secret.
Rose flees to Las Vegas, swaps her leotard for sequined show dresses, and finds herself in a self-destructive state until she must make a choice: does she put her life back together again, or give up completely?
Told with naked honesty and self-awareness, Dancer is a story that slowly reveals our indestructible search for light.
“On day two, I realized Nature was calling me into a profound relationship with her, and if I didn’t learn her languages, I would be in genuine danger.”
Returning home after ten years in the US, author Jodie Archer was welcomed with a weekend trip to the British coastal village of Robin Hood’s Bay. At the edge of the water, she noticed a sign saying she was standing at the finishing point of a famous two hundred mile walking trail.
Wanting to reconnect to her home soil and her self after divorce, Jodie booked to walk Coast-to-Coast the very next day. She swapped her business heels for a new pair of boots, chose a day pack in green to reflect the land, packed it following the best advice she could, and was left in St. Bees with her little dog, Mollie. It was raining and howling with wind.
Coast-to-Coast follows the epic story of the next sixteen days of adventure and solitude. It takes the reader through the wilds of remote England, sharing local tales and special landmarks. More intimately, Coast-to-Coast is also the journal of a career-girl-turned-walking-girl. She shares reflections on woman with dog, personal strength and survival, and finding a new path, all the while at the mercy of Mother Nature’s direction.