The Dancehall Years

by Joan Haggerty

$23.95 Available in the museum shop.

dancehall-yearsThis enriching, complex family saga and interracial dram brims with beautiful writing. It begins one summer on Bowel Island during the Depression and moves through Pearl Harbor and the internment of the Japanese and into the 1970s. Gwen Killam is a child on Bowen 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. The Bowen Island dancehall becomes an emotional landmark for time passing and remembered.