June 2021 Indie Next List
“A sad, sweet, and ultimately hopeful novel of loss, family, and wilderness. Even while maneuvering through two very different story lines, Legends of the North Cascades is imaginative, endearing, and poignant. This is my new favorite of Evison’s novels.”
— Stephen Sharpe, A Book For All Seasons, Leavenworth, WA
Evison delivers with every novel, and this complicated and compelling story about loss and recovery is no exception. At the center is a motherless eight-year-old, Bella, who clutches the hand of, and holds up, her widowed father, an Iraq vet with PTSD. Made wise beyond her years, but still utterly a child, Bella brings her father in from the volatile wilderness of the PNW’s beautiful but haunting North Cascades. Book groups will love this! So much to discuss!
Dave was raised to believe that if he shows up and works hard rewards will come. What happens when a man with talent and ambition, has it stripped away, time after time, until he has all but given up on society? After three tours in Iraq and a tragedy at home, Dave finds he no longer fits in his small town. The only solace is the grandeur and grace of the nearby Cascade Mountains. Living off the land with his young daughter provides the joy and beauty he craved, but also the harsh realities of nature. This is a powerful and well-told story of survival and determination, with a hint of mysticism, in a setting of absolute glory.