We Were Dancing on a Volcano, New Dominion, January 6

Coming to New Dominion Bookshop:

Joseph Gatins will present selections from his historical biography

We Were Dancing on a Volcano

Bloodlines and Fault Lines of a Star-Crossed Atlanta Family, 1849-1989

Wednesday, January 6 at 12:15 PM

We Were Dancing on a Volcano is a non-fiction historical biography spanning five generations—from the first Irish immigrant to land in Atlanta to the current generation of family, a true mélange of Irish, French, Hispanic and, finally, American bloodlines. The author details the lessons learned in love and war and in particular his French grandmother’s valiant work with the French Resistance during World War II and her untiring efforts to liberate her son from POW punishment camps in Nazi Germany.

Joseph Gatins was for many years a reporter and special projects editor with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He is now retired. He was reared in Paris and Atlanta and now lives with his artist-author wife Fran in the mountains of north Georgia, where he is learning to appreciate the wilds that surround them. The book, We Were Dancing on a Volcano, has been more than a dozen years in the making, the fruit of detailed research in courthouses and archives on three continents and review of voluminous family correspondence, documents, and photo albums. Bilingual in French and English since childhood, he is responsible for all translations contained therein.

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