Booknotes from Our Staff

West of Here by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin)

Evison’s new novel is a panoramic homage to the people, climates, and landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Set in Port Bonita, an imaginary town on the Olympic Peninsula, West of Here contains story lines like rivers that rush forward with astonishing momentum and force. A masterful meditation on time, history, and people, it moves and crashes like rapids—letting us up for air in the distant past of settlers, native wisdom, and horse drawn carriages, and towing us forward until we emerge in the present, working in factories and eating at KFC—until finally we are flung over the waterfall of time where the past and present collide with brilliant clarity. -Candra

Jonathan Evison reads from West of Here on Wednesday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m.