Book Review, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction

Dance Night by Dawn Powell

This is an American coming of age novel set during the Depression Era. It explains how hard people worked to make a living and the dreams they had to live better.

The memorable establishments called the Bon Ton Hat Shop, Bauer’s Chop Shop and Delaney’s Saloon and Billiard Parlor are true to the era and the characters are well-rounded and very human.

Dawn Powell had 13 books published in her lifetime and she considered Dance Night, published in 1930, to be her best work.

I have to agree that this book is memorable and it leaves me with a sense of longing to read more of Dawn Powell’s books.