The Depression of the 1930s led people to desperate measures to survive. The marathon dance craze, which flourished at that time seemed a simple way for people to earn extra money dancing the hours away for cash, for weeks at a time. But the underside of that craze was filled with a competition and violence unknown to most ballrooms. A lurid tale of dancing and desperation: Horace McCoy's classic American novel captures the dark side of the 1930s.
'Sordid, pathetic, senselessly exciting ... has the immediacy and the significance of a nerve-shattering explosion - New Republic
Were it not in its physical details so carefully documented, it would be lurid beyond itself - Nation
Language is not minced in this short novel which presents life in its most brutal aspect - Saturday Review of Literature
The first existentialist novel to have appeared in America - Simone de Beauvoir
A brilliant, bitter, wonderful portrait of mother and daughter, artist and lover - Kirkus