Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
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Welcome to Dancer, Texas, population 81, a sleepy West Texas town smack in the middle of Brewster County, right off Highway 91. A town where the nearest shopping mall is a general store that stocks vegetables and auto fan belts side by side; where the tastiest cuisine can be traced to Flora’s Cafe, a greasy spoon with four tables; and where the showcase of higher learning is a five room schoolhouse with 41 students and a high school graduating class of five – the largest in 20 years. A town where four Dancer graduates-to-be – Keller, Terrell Lee, Squirrel and John – contemplate their futures and wonder if the pact they made at the age of 11 to leave this tiny dustbowl following their impending graduation will survive the test of time. Not to mention their indignation that Dancer doesn’t even rate a place on the Rand McNally road map. Which is why these life-long friends have made a solemn vow to leave Dancer and move to Los Angeles. The moment of truth is just days away, and what seemed like a concrete decision seven years ago is now fraught with complications. The clock is ticking, and as all 77 remaining townspeople watch from the sidelines, offer advice, and place bets, these four very different boys with unique backgrounds struggle with the biggest decision of their lives – whether to stay or leave home.
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