Libby Sommer’s The Crystal Ballroom is a contemporary Australian novel that explores the dating prospects of a middle-aged divorced mother. While younger people born in the digital age use a wide array of dating apps, the protagonist (Ingrid) uses a dancing club to meet men. If you’re a Sydneysider, you may recognise some of the geography mentioned in the book (namely Bondi and Coogee), not to mention the cultural diversity of Sydney life which Libby deftly brings to life as we meet Caleb, Aravind, Vladimir, Hanif and her other dates and dancing partners. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think if this is what’s in store for me as I get older? All in all, The Crystal Ballroom is a pleasant read. In fact, I’d suggest you take a leaf out of Ingrid’s book and enjoy it while drinking a low-calorie fruit smoothie and ogling the passers-by.
Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
After years working in television and public relations, Libby Sommer came to UTS to study a Master of Arts in Professional Writing. The Crystal Ballroom is her second published novel.