A couple of folks have reached out to us to share books they’ve written that feature lindy hop in the plot. Consider adding these to your virtual or physical bookshelves:
- The Girl in the Jitterbug Dress by Tam Francis is the parallel story of two young women struggling with love, loss, and redemption, united across generations by a 1940's swing dress. Available on Amazon: Volume I and Volume II.
- Don’t Mean a Thing by Renee Conoulty introduces us to Macie, a woman in the Royal Australian Air Force who discovers swing dancing, and soon after Matt, a “sexy swing dancer” who “sweeps her off her feet.” Available on Amazon an an e-book or paperback.
There are a few children's books about lindy hop and the swing era, including Jitterbugs! by Margot Toppen and Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me by Richard Michelson. These might be nice gifts for the little lindy hoppers in your life.
Are there other fiction books out there that include swing dancing as part of the story? Quick scans of our local library and Amazon.com have not uncovered much so far. We’d love to hear about any other books or short stories you’ve read where swing dancing or vernacular jazz dance has featured in some way.