I am a huge Marvin Gaye fan and have always found myself drawn to him due to his outstanding music and one of a kind personality. I have always been interested in his family life, and wanted to know more about the lovely lady, Janis, he chose to be his wife and muse. I pre-ordered After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye and could not wait to read it once it came out.
This is a phenomenal book and it does not disappoint! Once I started reading it, I could not put it down. I can barely find the words to describe how marvelous this After the Dance is.
Jan and Marvin’s story is told so beautifully and truthfully from Jan’s point of view. Nothing in life is perfect and Jan bares it all. Jan tells of her difficult upbringing and weaves Marvin along into her story ever so effortlessly. I can only imagine being in her shoes at the time.
Marvin was such a unique soul and so is Jan. Each chapter of this book is filled with jaw dropping tales of their lives together and apart. Pure love and heartbreak. Highs and lows. Arrogance and insecurity. Sweet bliss and sorrow. Lessons learned, forgotten and repeated.
If you are a Marvin Gaye fan you should read this. If you enjoy learning about life in general, this would be the perfect read for you as well.