Wednesday, March 2, 2011

West of Here, "... a damn fine book"

Jonathan Evision's second novel is an ambitious epic set in the Pacific Northwest. Publisher's Weekly gives it a starred review and this praise: "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."

West of Here starts off with this:
"Just as the keynote address was winding down, the rain came hissing up the little valley in sheets. Crepe paper streamers began bleeding red and blue streaks down the front of the dirty white stage, and the canopy began to sag beneath the weight of standing water, draining a cold rivulet down the tuba player's back."

Here's a link to a review of West of Here, written by Carolyn Kellogg for the L.A. Times.

Johathan Evision in the author of one other novel, All About Lulu, which won the Washington State Book Award. In 2009, he was the recipient of a Rickard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He lives on an island in western Washington.

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