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West of Here

By Jonathan Evison

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Published By
Workman Publishing Company
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Number Of Pages
512
Publication Date
January 31, 2012
ISBN
9781616200824

West of Here

By Jonathan Evison

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From the rugged mudflats of the Northwestern frontier to a rusting strip mall, West of Here is a conversation between two epochs. In his eagerly awaited second novel, Jonathan Evison tells the stories of the people who first inhabited the mythical town of Port Bonita in Washington State from 1887-1891. Moving ahead more than a century to 2005-06, he introduces those who live there now and must deal with the damage done by their predecessors.

The characters are drawn with compassion and truth, the themes are grand and sweeping: regeneration, the trappings of history, the elusive nature of perception, who makes footprints and who follows them. Evison writes with heart and verve, capturing evocative details and unforgettable scenes.

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A "booming, bighearted epic." --Vanity Fair
"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." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Evison switches easily between 19th-century vernacular and contemporary lingo, and the tenderly funny result is both pioneer story and social commentary. You'll want to reread it to catch cross-references between the parallel stories." --American Way
"Evison, author of this audacious historical novel, manages a near-impossible feat: first, he creates an almost absurdly complex narrative structure, bridging more than 100 years of life in Washington State and encompassing multiple points of view, and then he grounds the sublime architechtonic whole in the vividly realized daily lives of characters who exist completely in their individual moments but whose actions reverberate back and forth across time . . . [This] is a testament to the books' greatness." --Booklist, starred review
“An enjoyable, meaty read—a vision of a place told through the people who find themselves at the edge of America’s idea of itself.” —Los Angeles Times
“[A] booming, bighearted epic.” —Vanity Fair
“[A] booming, bighearted epic.” —Vanity Fair
“Riotously funny . . . Wonderfully charming.”
The New York Times Book Review
“Riotously funny . . . Wonderfully charming.”
The New York Times Book Review
“[A] big, booming ruckus of a novel . . . Evison [is] a tremendously gifted storyteller.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“[A] big, booming ruckus of a novel . . . Evison [is] a tremendously gifted storyteller.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Evison gives us a jaunty, rain-slicked quest story . . . Its ending is clever and satisfying, and its arrival could signal the breakout of a promising career.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Product details

Published By
Workman Publishing Company
Categories
Number Of Pages
512
Publication Date
January 31, 2012
ISBN
9781616200824

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