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West of Here

A Novel
Evison, Jonathan (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Since the dawn of recorded history, the Klallam Indians have thrived upon the bounty of the Elwha River. In 1889, on the eve of Washington's statehood, the Olympic Peninsula remains America's last frontier. But not for long. As northwestern expansion reaches its feverish crescendo, the clock is ticking...
Authors: Evison, Jonathan
Title: West of here
a novel
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 486 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Jonathan Evison
Summary: Since the dawn of recorded history, the Klallam Indians have thrived upon the bounty of the Elwha River. In 1889, on the eve of Washington's statehood, the Olympic Peninsula remains America's last frontier. But not for long. As northwestern expansion reaches its feverish crescendo, the clock is ticking...
ISBN: 9781565129528
1565129520
Branch Call Number: FICTION EVISON 2011
Subject Headings: Lower Elwha Tribal Community of the Lower Elwha Reservation, Washington Fiction Elwha River (Wash.) Fiction Olympic Peninsula (Wash.) Fiction Washington (State) Social life and customs Fiction
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 2010020224
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Since the dawn of recorded history, the Klallam Indians have thrived upon the bounty of the Elwha River. In 1889, on the eve of Washington's statehood, the Olympic Peninsula remains America's last frontier. But not for long. As northwestern expansion reaches its feverish crescendo, the clock is t... Read More »


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"Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, Washington, this novel is composed of chapters that alternate between the present day and the 1890s. The inhabitants of Port Bonita at the end of the 1800s have lofty goals - building a dam, exploring the interior - whereas the current inhabitants would settle for a date or a case of beer. Like the entrepreneurial spirit of the town's founders, the dam itself is under threat as residents want to destroy it to bring back fish runs. With a big cast of well-realised characters, heady themes of discovering, taming, and rediscovering nature, and a strong sense of place, this novel will appeal to a wide range of readers, from those who love the Pacific Northwest to those interested in historical fiction." July 2013 Fiction A to Z newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=655619

Aug 21, 2012
  • marmoore rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was more fascinated by the frontier days portion of the story than by the modern days parts.

Did not finish - hard to relate to some of the characters

May 11, 2011
  • rlbecker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Epic, sweeping, historical and modern, gritty and mystical. These are words that describe this tale of events over 100 years ago and more recently. This tells the story of Port Bonita in western Washington State. Many of the chapters tell about the city's founding fathers and mothers, including entrepreneurs, native peoples and people just pushing progress in the form of a dam on the nearby river. Other chapters discuss people trying to make it in the modern city working menial jobs etc. Many of the founding families are still present in the modern stories. There is a psychic connection between members of a native american family from the past and present. This is a well-written story that is gripping to readers wanting a good story filled with adventure and character development. You meet many types of people on these pages, both good people and bad and those in-between.

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