Marion Douglas is the queen of small-town strangeness, and Dance Hall Road is a gripping, moving, darkly hilarious web of lives.

—Emma Donoghue
In small towns, people talk. And when they run out of real information about each other to exchange, they make things up.

Sometimes, things happen that are so shocking nobody has to make anything up: it’s all out there, just waiting for the rumours, the false conclusions, the misplaced indignation, and just sometimes, tenderness, forgiveness, and understanding.