After the grueling hardship of both the Great Depression and WWI, citizens of the United States leaned toward isolationism and non-involvement in international politics. But all that would end just two weeks before Christmas 1941 when the Japanese bombed an American base in the U.S. Territory of Hawaii. WWII had begun. While communities on the American homefront did not suffer direct confrontation with the enemy, the years that stretched between December 1941 and the end of the war in 1945 did result in ordeals that reshaped how people thought about their neighbors, themselves, and their place in the world. The Anxious Years is a story that takes place on the American homefront in WWII, and is about a family that had settled in Marin County, California about 1916. Like many American families in 1941, the Lewis family was unaware of the newest developments in Washington D.C., or that tragedy was about to strike. They were dumbfounded and certainly unprepared to hear that the Japanese had bombed Hawaii, a US territory since 1898. Forced to toughen up by circumstances of a nation at war, they confronted newfound fears and suspicions, put up with enforced curfews and restricted boundaries, and were stunned by the unauthorized interrogation of young children still in school. “Dangerous” citizens were being rounded up and incarcerated in internment camps. Those who were not in any immediate danger of exposure would learn to cope with a markedly adjusted way of life: food shortages, rationing, the draft, blackouts, and overwork. In the confusion of a suddenly altered way of life, the Lewis family had its own problems. The Anxious Years is about how this family came to terms with the disruption in their lives, with themselves, and with one another.