Waltz in Marathon

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Waltz in Marathon
Waltz in marathon book cover.jpg
AuthorCharles Dickinson
CountryUnited States
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
Publication date
September 12, 1983
Media typePrint (Hardcover)

Waltz in Marathon is a 1983 fiction novel written by Charles Dickinson, about a loan shark whose life is changed by the return of his grown children and an old romance.

Plot summary[]

Gentleman loan shark Harry Waltz, a sixty-one-year-old resident of Marathon, Michigan, finds his life dramatically altered by the return of his grown children and his romance with Mary Hale, a successful, forty-year-old lawyer.


Waltz in Marathon received positive reviews from critics. Ruth Doan MacDougall of The Christian Science Monitor wrote that "This is a startling first novel, mature and professional, abounding with good spirits."[1] Kirkus Reviews stated that "this is uncommonly satisfying fiction--with bright, intimately etched scenes, Dickinson's self-assured style (quiet, artful). . . and, above all, characters of quality and qualities."[2]

Cover Art[]

The artwork for this book was done by famed illustrator and children's book author Fred Marcellino.[3]


  1. ^ "Harry Waltz, Loan Shark, at home; Waltz in Marathon, by Charles Dickinson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Inc. 276 pp". Christian Science Monitor. 1983-12-02. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  2. ^ WALTZ IN MARATHON by Charles Dickinson | Kirkus Reviews.
  3. ^ 1951-, Dickinson, Charles (1983). Waltz in Marathon (1st ed.). New York: Knopf. ISBN 039453199X. OCLC 9646453.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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