September 3, 2022
The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont
One gem I recently discovered is called The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour by Dawn Dumont, a member of the Okanese Cree Nation, located in Southern Saskatchewan. This humorous story inspired by real events is populated by authentic characters who offer multiple perspectives on the madcap adventures of a dance tour gone wrong.
Just days before a dance troupe is meant to go on a two week European tour everyone gets food poisoning. The mayor leans on his brother, John, a former dancer turned cowhand, to manage the last-minute group. The newly formed ensemble stumbles hilariously from one engagement to the next.
This ad hoc group is an uproarious mix of people with interesting personalities. The witty banter among the dancers keeps the reader engaged. Each character shares their version of events and vociferously defends their perspective when interacting with the others. Believable idiosyncrasies endear us to the quirky cast.
This character-driven, banter-filled, culturally diverse and funny Canadian story is a great choice if you enjoy strong characters, razor-sharp wit, interesting history, and good entertainment!