West of Here (paperback release), with Jonathan Evison
West of Here, by Jonathan Evison
Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison returns to Eagle Harbor Books for a reading from the paperback release of West of Here.
An exciting, innovative, and daring novel about history and how it happens, West of Here is an epic story of the spirit that inspired those dreamers and opportunists who settled the American Northwest, and of how their deeds—for better and for worse—forever altered the lives of those who came after them..
Set in the mythical town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s 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 damage of the past. An exposition on the effects of time, on how something said or done in one generation keeps echoing through all the years that follow, it is a work of fiction that turns history into myth and myth into a nation’s shared experience..
Playful, poignant, thought-provoking, and endlessly entertaining, West of Here is already a classic here in the Northwest.
JONATHAN EVISON is the author of All About Lulu, which won the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation.