Marilyn Hotchkiss&#39 Ballroom Dancing & Charm School

Dance is a very powerful drug, if embraced judiciously; to reap its rewards, one must shoulder its challenges with intrepid countenance. Frank Keene, a grieving baker in a near catatonic state, happens on a car accident. The loquacious and insightful victim, Steve Mills, is on his way to an appointment in Pasadena with a years-ago acquaintance; he asks Frank to go in his place. It&#39s a dance class. Frank goes, to find Steve&#39s friend. The story moves back and forth among Steve&#39s childhood, the scene of the accident, and the aftermath of Frank&#39s first Lindy hop. Black eyes, group therapy, loneliness, boys being boys, roads not taken, and saying good-bye color the story.