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Dance Hall Road
Mid-August and two boys lie on the abandoned ski jump in Minnow Lake. Water laps onto the old plywood ramp. There is talk of mud, goosebumps, and frogs. The humid air transports the muted thump of a basketball from the local dance hall atop the escarpment. The quiet is punctured with the staggered pop of gun practice in nearby woods. At 15, Adrian knows this day as the las ...more
paperback, 480 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Insomniac Press
(first published January 1st 2008)
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Jun 23, 2013 Caseythecanadianlesbrarian rated it 2 of 5 stars
I can’t lie: reading Marion Douglas’s novel Dance Hall Road was a struggle. I guess I might as well admit upfront that I skimmed and selectively read my way through the last hundred pages or so. I did faithfully read the first 380 pages, though, which is pretty good perseverance, I think. The book was slow-going from the beginning, and never really did a good job of holding my attention. If I hadn’t had the intention of reviewing it, I’d have abandoned it about 100 pages in. That said, I did fee ...more
I picked up this book on a whim from the fresh selections at the library in my hometown. I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. Douglas' depictions of teenage life in rural Ontario tread the border between touching and disturbing. The author manages to craft life-altering events within the slow, lazy haze that accompanies life in a small town. Dance Hall Road is worth reading and makes an excellent addition to a summer book list.