The Dancing Years
Title: The Dancing Years
Author: Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
The Morlands, now reunited with spouses, children, and friends who served in World War I and grieving the ones who didn’t return, attempt to return to normal life and put the horrors of the past few years behind them. For some, that means endless dancing, hence the title.
As the euphoria of the Armistice fades, the nation count the cost—millions dead or disabled, unemployment, strikes, and shortages—and attempt to build a new life. Teddy tries to recreate balance but then a trip to France to see the place where Ned fell has unforeseen consequences. Polly, grieving for Erich Kuppel, persuades her father to send her to New York, and despite Prohibition, the great city pulses with life and promises her a fresh start. Jessie and Bertie, detained in London by Bertie’s job, long to start their new life together. Jack becomes a pioneer of civil aviation, but when the company fails he’s faced with unemployment, with a growing family to support. As they all seek relief from their own memories, the Morland’s witness a new world struggling to be born out of the ashes; and as long as the music lasts, they will keep on dancing.