Dancing with the Dead, the new novella from Jameson Parker, takes readers on a journey to the very depths of human suffering. Spanning several decades across four continents, the book brings together a wealthy South American and a poor man from the Deep South in ways that only real life can mimic.
Pamela Fanshawe Trevelyan is a wealthy Argentine woman with English ancestry and upbringing. She enjoys the perks of privilege: polo, horses, a classical education. But when Argentina’s political climate turns deadly, young girls start disappearing, and tortured citizens begin showing up on her doorstep, she decides to help those in need—even if she has to share in their agony.
Tony is a homeless black man living on the mean streets of Los Angeles. A Vietnam veteran, he is haunted by the memories of a battle that took place in one of the countless rice paddies there. He holds lengthy discussions with his long-dead lieutenant in an attempt to process what he did half a world away—and what happened in his hometown during the Jim Crow era.
Together, these two wandering souls will learn what it takes to survive, both physically and emotionally.
The most heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting aspect of this novella? It’s non-fiction. If your outlook on poverty, homelessness, and your fellow man isn’t irrevocably changed by this novella, you weren’t paying attention.