Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State's rugged Pacific coast, West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience - it is storytelling on the grandest scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town's founders circa 1890 and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damageof the past.
A chronological tug of war ensues in Jonathan Evison's WEST OF HERE, between two ends of a town's history on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. Shifting from 21st-century environmental conservationists intent on restoring the area to its wilderness and flowing waters, Evison's narrative reverts to the surveyors and industrialists who transformed the landscape with a massive dam at the turn of the 1900s. A line of ancestors and bold outsiders connects the two threads, as the novel explores how local mythology transformed from dreams of conquering nature to fantasies like the prehistoric cult creature Bigfoot.
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- April 22, 2011
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