A Wake for the Dreamland

A Wake for the Dreamland

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Friends William, Robert, and Annie are on the cusp of adulthood while the world is on the brink of war. It is a Canadian summer in 1939 and Robert and Annie?s love has blossomed, even as the inevitability of the boys joining up means separation and the first of many losses. Fearing he might not return, Robert makes William promise to take care of Annie. Every arena of their lives is infiltrated by the war, from the home front to the underground of queer London to the bloody battlefields of Italy. Even in the aftermath, in the shadow of The Dreamland, these friends fight their own inner battles: to have faith in their right to love and be loved, to honour their promises and ultimately find their way ?home.?
Publisher: Victoria, British Columbia : FriesenPress, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781460258538
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,23 cm

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TamaraArnold
Jul 11, 2017

I really enjoyed this novel. It was very interesting to read a novel that takes place in the same city I live in (albeit decades before I was born). The author shatters the typical "war hero" stereotype and shows us a side to war (and specifically World War II) that is simply not written about. I was delighted when I had a chance to meet Laurel at a book club a couple of months ago and she was fascinating to listen to how she researched and wrote this novel. Can't wait to read her next one!

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