Dancing in the Ring

by Susan Sage (Author)

Then the Great Depression hits and their lives are forever changed.

Book Description:​

Detroit in the 1920s proved to be the Paris of the West for many—including Catherine McIntosh and Robert Sage. These two law school students are as passionate about each other as they are their dreams.

From a poor family in the neighborhood of Corktown, Catherine learned early on, the necessity of being resilient. She becomes one of the first women in Detroit to obtain a law degree. Bob, the ‘battling barrister,’ boxes in order to pay for law school. Despite his gruff and tough-boy personality, he is a friend to all: judges, cops, and even a couple members of the notorious Purple Gang. The couple becomes legendary in legal circles for their commitment to social justice causes—as well as notorious in the local speakeasies and dance halls.At first, their optimism seems boundless, as it had for many following an era of trauma and challenges that included the 1918 flu pandemic. It isn’t long before their passionate courtship turns into a tempestuous marriage. Then the Great Depression hits and their lives are forever changed.

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"One of the most admirable things about Dancing In The Ring by Susan E. Sage is the themes covered by the book. Issues such as social justice and equality will capture many readers' attention. I loved how Susan explored the problems of women, motherhood, and careers and how society perceives such things. The book's narration is steady and reader-friendly, and the reader will be keen to read the subsequent chapters as the flawless plotline unfolds. The characters are well-developed and realistic, and the vivid descriptions of events will intrigue the reader. Susan has also captured the emotions of the characters expertly. The world has made a lot of progress on the issue of equality, but there is still much to be done. I highly recommend this book." Frank Mutuma

Susan Sage (Author)

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Susan E. Sage, was born (1956) in Detroit, Michigan, to Joyce and Robert Sage. Youngest of three daughters, she received her undergraduate degree in English from Wayne State University in Detroit and has done post-graduate work at the University of Michigan-Flint. She was a recipient of the Tompkin’s Award in Poetry (1981), and has published her poetry in numerous literary magazines. Susan is a multi-genre novelist. A MENTOR AND HER MUSE was published in 2018, and INSOMINY was published in 2010. She is a fan of Historical Fiction, Magic Realism, and Contemporary Fantasy literature. Susan has one daughter (Sarah), loves cats, smooth jazz, blues, art, and poetry. Susan’s latest novel, DANCING IN THE RING, will be released in June 2023.

Dancing in the Ring

"One of the most admirable things about Dancing In The Ring by Susan E. Sage is the themes covered by the book. Issues such as social justice and equality will capture many readers' attention. I loved how Susan explored the problems of women, motherhood, and careers and how society perceives such things. The book's narration is steady and reader-friendly, and the reader will be keen to read the subsequent chapters as the flawless plotline unfolds. The characters are well-developed and realistic, and the vivid descriptions of events will intrigue the reader. Susan has also captured the emotions of the characters expertly. The world has made a lot of progress on the issue of equality, but there is still much to be done. I highly recommend this book." Frank Mutuma

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