Below is the press release issued by Insomniac on the publication of the 10th anniversary edition of my book Dancing Nude in the Moonlight. Also here’s the PDF: Dancing Nude in the Moonlight f14 press releases 3
“A narrative that is rich in issues, values, intercultural conflict, and gender relations as
they present themselves in Antigua today… (the) love story is sensitive, sensuous, well nuanced…”—
Dr. Elaine Olaoye (Antigua and Barbuda Review of Books, 2008)
Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Antiguan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse’s novella about love across
cultures, was published in 2004 to critical acclaim in the Caribbean. The book is taught in Antiguan
and Barbudan high schools, and gives a touching picture of the problems a young couple
face as they attempt to build a life together.
Selena is from Dominica, and Michael is from Antigua. She is a single mother, struggling to
make a living in a new country. He is a former West Indies cricketer, forced by injury to coach a
school team instead. In spite of their mutual attraction, their path to happiness is a rocky one as
they try to bridge the gaps between their two cultures and their different lives.
In addition to this work, the new edition includes “fan fiction” and poetry based on the story,
and other short stories and poems depicting life in Antigua. Hillhouse’s clear-eyed social observations
and deep understanding of the issues facing women in the modern Caribbean in particular
make these stories tender and powerful. A social worker comes to terms with her own past as
she struggles to help a girl who has been abused; a teacher forms a complex bond with a former
student; and a widow tries to hold onto her memories of her happy marriage in spite of revelations
about her late husband.
Joanne C. Hillhouse is the author of Musical Youth, which placed second in the 2014 Burt
from Willow Bend; Dancing Nude in the Moonlight; and the children’s picture book Fish Outta
Water. She has also been published in several international journals and anthologies, including
Round My Christmas Tree, Pepperpot: Best New Stories from the Caribbean, For Women: In
Tribute to Nina Simone, and In the Black: New African Canadian Literature. Hillhouse lives in
Antigua. She runs the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize writing program to nurture and showcase the literary
arts. Visit jhohadli.wordpress.com and wadadlipen.wordpress.com.
November • Fiction • Trade paperback • 978-1-55483-140-1
Canada $19.95 • U.K. £9.95 • U.S.A. $19.95