The Dancehall Years by Joan Haggerty
Spanning three generations, this complex, interracial drama presents the story of Gwen Killam, whose idyllic family summers are forever changed by war and its consequences. This novel begins one summer on Bowen Island and in Vancouver, BC, during the Depression and moves through Pearl Harbour, the evacuation of the Japanese, and the aftermath of these events.
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"Born in Vancouver in 1940, Joan Haggerty spent her formative years 'on the coast in cedars and salt water', graduating from University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English and Theatre in 1962."
"Twenty years in the making, it's a distinctly British Columbian family saga that follows the reverberations of the forced evacuation of Japanese Canadians from the coast."
"Joan Haggerty’s The Dancehall Years is a perfect summer book, rich and sweeping, the kind of book you’d like to give a week to, on a dock perhaps, or a comfortable deck chair beside the water."