Sharyn Bamber and I met in Joe Kronsberg's writing class and became friends ever since. When I learned about her life as a dancer, and especially about her performing in the Pearl Bailey Show in the '60s, I encouraged her to write the story of her amazing journey. I am so glad that Mama Pearl & Me has been published at long last.
Growing up in a funeral home, how does Sharyn escape the permeating sense of grief that enveloped her entire childhood? By finding joy in her passion for dance. Only one problem: her family objects to her becoming a dancer. Against all odds, she embarks on a daring journey to prove them wrong.
Here is a glimpse into her moving writing (reblogged from LA DANCE CHRONICLE.)
UNTITLED LAMENT by SHARYN BAMBER