Multcolib Picks: Novels Set in Portland
Annotation:The reader follows Isabel over the course of a day as she muses on her life while working at the library, nursing a crush on a coworker and coveting a vintage dress on display at a local store.
Annotation:Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson and his father move from Spokane to Portland to start over. Charley takes a job in the tack room of a run-down horse track and is comforted by his friendship with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.
Annotation:A Vietnam vet with post-traumatic stress disorder and a history of substance abuse, Brian Hanson has turned his life around working as a counselor with some of Portland, Oregon's, most troubled citizens. Taking readers from Portland's mysterious underground tunnels, to computer dives in Seattle, to the back streets and alleyways of the Rose City, Fixation offers gripping characters with a rich sense of place.
Annotation:A widow takes over her husband's business in the rough, bustling trading outpost of 1868 Portland, Oregon. She must deal with his hostile partners and investigate the murder of a man in her kitchen.
Annotation:Allison Beckstrom is committed to her work tracing illegal spells. Now there's an apocalyptic storm bearing down on Portland, and when it hits, all the magic in the area will turn unstable and destructive.
Annotation:Wrenn is a journey of romance and personal growth set in turn-of-the-20th-century Portland, Oregon. Wrenn's adventures lead her to New York, where she is treated to the opera and riding lessons in Central Park. Returning to Portland, Wrenn struggles to resume her working-class life against the backdrop of the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition
Annotation:A dark elf has settled in the heart of Portland's Forest Park and is ravishing women, leaving them pregnant and stealing the babies. Tess Noncoiré, successful fantasy writer and Celestial Blade Warrior, forfeits her own dreams in order to save those nearest and dearest to her.
Annotation:The daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I., Rachel survives a family tragedy only to face new challenges. Sent to live with her strict African-American grandmother in a racially divided Portland, Oregon, she must suppress her grief and reinvent herself in a mostly black community. The world wants to see her as either black or white, but that's not how she sees herself.
Annotation:Portland, Oregon resident, George Olson works for an insurance company in a downtown office, The Black Box, from where he begins noticing a string of disappearances, strange disasters and the recurrence of the number 42.
Annotation:Hard Rain Falling follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon.
Annotation:Portland is threatened by the worst flood since 1948, when the town of Vanport, just north of the city, was wiped from the map. Now several victims are discovered with mysterious puncture wounds. Detective Archie Sheridan and Journalist Susan Ward investigate.
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