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Come and Join the Dance


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Joyce Johnson was born in 1935 in New York City, the setting for all her fiction: Come and Join the Dance, recognized as the first Beat novel by a woman writer, Bad Connections, and In the Night Cafe. She is best known for her memoir Minor Characters, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1983 and dealt with coming of age in the 1950s and with her involvement with Jack Kerouac. She has published two other Beat-related books: Door Wide Open: A Beat Love Affair in Letters, and The Voice Is All: The Lonely Victory of Jack Kerouac. She has also written a second memoir, Missing Men, and the nonfiction title What Lisa Knew: The Truths and Lies of the Steinberg Case.


"With its female bohemian perspective on sex, cold war existentialism and the New York hipster milieu, Come and Join the Dance stands as a Beat urtext, on par with the renegade declarations of On the Road or Howl or Naked Lunch." -Ronna Johnson, author of Girls Who Wore Black

"This artful and unaffected first novel by 26-year-old Joyce Glassman reminds us that youth is no fixed quantity or state with an all-explaining adjective. It is a period of becoming whose essence is flux: the lostness or wildness are merely way stations along this road of change." -The New York Times Book Review

"Lucid and controlled as a writer, Miss Glassman has a rare gift for the evocative phrase. . . . There are parallels between this novel and those of Francoise Sagan, but the ingenuousness here is of a more honest sort. . . . Tartness reduces sentimentality; compassion balances cleverness." -The Village Voice

"Tender and perceptive." -Anniston Star

"A poignant and searching tale which effectively captures each character's personality. The threads of life are expertly woven into the fabric to yield an interesting work." -Savannah Morning News

"This is a perceptive, emotional story, aptly titled; it could be happening now among the intellectuals at any university in any big city." -Los Angeles Times

"Written with talent and wisdom." -Jack Kerouac

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