Josephine Baker’s Last Dance by Sherry Jones
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Famous for her sexually charged performances as a scantily clad Paris revue showgirl, Josephine Baker also had a secret career as a pilot and intelligence spy for the French Resistance during World War II, and as a Civil Rights activist who was the only woman invited to speak at the 1963 March on Washington.

In this revealing biographical novel, Sherry Jones revisits Josephine Baker’s difficult childhood in St. Louis, Missouri, and examines some of her many troubling experiences with discrimination that would propel her lifelong fight for racial justice. As Josephine’s star rises in Europe, she finds herself mingling with some of the greatest artists of the Jazz age, including Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Colette, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin.

Following her extraordinary transformation from “Tumpy” McDonald to Joséphine, “Queen of Paris,” and her momentous decision to become a citizen of France, Baker experiences personal and professional triumphs and disappointments that reveal her fascinating character in all of its complexity.




[Article] Josephine Baker’s secret life as a World War II spy

The 20th century icon Josephine Baker was so much more than a sex symbol who danced in a skirt made of bananas. Yes, she took Paris by storm in 1925 with her “Savage Dance”—performed in little more than a strategically-placed feather—and went on to increase her fame with the infamous banana skirt which, legend has it, she designed as a joke for her first revue at the Folies-Bergère.  Josephine Baker also became, over the next twenty years: a chanteuse, or stage singer, and international star; the first black woman to star in a feature film and to headline in New York’s Ziegfeld Follies; a recording artist; an opera diva, and – the detail that most surprises and fascinates people—a spy for the French Resistance during World War II.


[Article] Black Pearls Magazine Blog

Author Revealed interview with Sherry Jones on the creation of Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.


[Article] Spokane author Sherry Jones finds inspiration in kick-ass women from the past

Sherry inspiring novel that women everywhere will find to be an important piece of literature in helping to bring about total equality in our current world.


[Article] Popsugar: Novels About Badass Women Written by Badass Women

Sherry inspiring novel that women everywhere will find to be an important piece of literature in helping to bring about total equality in our current world.


[Article] Playbill's Guide to Upcoming and Current Broadway Bio-Musicals

Josephine Baker’s Last Dance mentioned as more exciting information about Josephine in a Broadway-bound musical.


[Article] St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Josephine Baker has 'last dance'

Josephine Baker was born in segregated squalor in St. Louis in 1906 but rose to fame in France in the 1920s as a singer, dancer and all-around entertainer.


[Article] Samantha Stevenson St. Louis Magazine's associate editor.

"Josephine Baker's Last Dance," author Sherry Jones weaves milestones from the dancer's real life into a fictional narrative.


[Article] The Seattle Times Book Picks

Calling Jones’ novel “a satisfying life of one endlessly fascinating person,” Kirkus Reviews wrote that “Jones’ deft juxtaposition of Baker’s internal and external worlds throughout the novel is what readers will appreciate most.”




Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of Josephine Baker’s Last Dance , The Sword of MedinaFour SistersAll QueensThe Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart.  Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne. Visit her online at

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