West of Here by Jonathan Evison

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Late in the novel, in an effort to link its two halves, Evison ventures a mystical touch involving an Indian boy who somehow occupies both eras at once, but the conceit has no payoff.
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At the foot of the Elwha River, the muddy outpost of Port Bonita is about to boom, fueled by a ragtag band of dizzyingly disparate men and women unified only in their visions of a more prosperous future. A failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has just arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family. Ethan’s obsession with a brighter future impels the damming of the mighty Elwha to harness its power and put Port Bonita on the map.

More than a century later, his great-great grandson, a middle manager at a failing fish- packing plant, is destined to oversee the undoing of that vision, as the great Thornburgh dam is marked for demolition, having blocked the very lifeline that could have sustained the town. West of Here is a grand and playful odyssey, a multilayered saga of destiny and greed, adventure and passion, that chronicles the life of one small town, turning America’s history into myth, and myth into a nation’s shared experience.
 

About Jonathan Evison

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Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. His first novel, All About Lulu, won the Washington State Book Award. This is his third novel.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 497 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Fiction
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Reviewed by Scott MacDonald on Mar 11 2011

Late in the novel, in an effort to link its two halves, Evison ventures a mystical touch involving an Indian boy who somehow occupies both eras at once, but the conceit has no payoff.

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