The Dancehall Years

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by Joan Haggerty
Publisher: Mother Tongue Publishing

Book Description

Gwen Killam is a child on Bowen Island whose idyllic summers are obliterated by the outbreak of the war. Her swimming teacher, Takumi Yoshito, disappears along with his parents who are famous for their devotion to the Bowen Inn gardens. The Lower Mainland is in blackout, and so is the future of Gwen’s beloved Aunt Isabelle, who must make an unthinkable sacrifice. The Bowen Island dancehall is well-known during the war as a moonlight cruise destination, and it becomes an emotional landmark for time passing and remembered.

Author Bio

Joan Haggerty was born in 1940 and raised in Vancouver, BC. Her previous books are Please, Miss, Can I Play God?Daughters of the Moon, and The Invitation, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award in 1994.