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West of Here (Hardcover)

Author:  Jonathan Evison
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Format: Hardcover Large Print
ISBN-10: 1410436365
ISBN-13: 9781410436368
Sku: 219569692
Publish Date: 8/13/2012
Pages:  779
Age Range:  NA
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Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State''s rugged Pacific coast, "West of Here" is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience. Harkening back to the work of such masters of Americana as Bret Harte, Edna Ferber, and Larry McMurtry, "West of Here" is a bold novel by a writer destined to become a major force in American literature.
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Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State's rugged Pacific coast, West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience - it is storytelling on the grandest scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town's founders circa 1890 and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damageof the past.
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A chronological tug of war ensues in Jonathan Evison's WEST OF HERE, between two ends of a town's history on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. Shifting from 21st-century environmental conservationists intent on restoring the area to its wilderness and flowing waters, Evison's narrative reverts to the surveyors and industrialists who transformed the landscape with a massive dam at the turn of the 1900s. A line of ancestors and bold outsiders connects the two threads, as the novel explores how local mythology transformed from dreams of conquering nature to fantasies like the prehistoric cult creature Bigfoot.

Praise

"A big novel about the discovery and rediscovery of nature, starting over, and the sometimes piercing reverberations of history, this is a damn fine book." (starred review) 11/01/2010

"We Americans love to uproot ourselves and head out for unfamiliar territories....We want riches. We thrill at jumping into the uncertain void. WEST OF HERE, Jonathan Evison's broad-spectrum new novel, plays host, gleefully and mischievously, to all of the above." - Mike Peed 02/20/2011

"The novel takes on an epic historical shape yet remains light-footed...." - Carolyn Kellogg 02/20/2011

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0779
Product attributePublisher:   Thorndike Press
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