The Duke Don't Dance by Richard G Sharp is an exploration into a group of friends who come in and out of each others' lives throughout the turbulent mid-twentieth century. This particular group of friends sees themselves as part of the Silent Generation, not able to take credit for the victories in World War II, but too old to be a part of the ever-changing baby boomer generation.
Throughout the novel, not only are the relationships between this group of friends is explored, but it is also well anchored into the popular and political upheavals of the times. The group must deal with their feelings and attitudes toward political leaders, the changing business environment and the sexual revolution, making their lives, as well as the lives of their children, somewhat dysfunctional in trying to decide what's best for all of them.
This book was enjoyable to read because it covers a time period that's still not quite seen as old enough to be in the history books, but still compelling to read about. Sharp's writing style is unique and provides an honest look at the characters within the book. The only drawback to the book is that there are so many characters to keep track of, especially once the main group of friends starts adding spouses, lovers and children to the mix. If you pay attention to all the names, though, it's not an issue.
Overall, this is an excellent book for anyone who is interested in exploring real characters through the turbulence of a time not so long ago.