East Vancouver in the ’50s and ’60s was a low income, blue-collar neighbourhood. Kids grew up with minimum supervision. They left home in the morning, showed up for dinner, and were gone again until “the gun” sounded at 9 p.m.
During the time away adventures were undertaken, friendships were forged, and character was created. East Van Rules was not only meant as a challenge, but also a code to live by.
These four short stories and novella highlight coming of age events; a ten-year-old playing for the elementary school softball championship, a teenage tough strutting his stuff at the local dance, a hippie youth hitchhiking across Canada during the Summer of Love.
Watershed moments told from a perspective that explains why you can take the boy out of East Van, but you’ll never take East Van out of the boy.
Rod Raglin is a Canadian journalist, community newspaper publisher, photographer and a keen environmentalist. He has self-published nine novels, a collection of short stories and a novella and two plays. His writing deals with contemporary and environmental issues (eco-fi) and how they impact the human condition.
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