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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    A lovingly told epic of the Pacific Northwest

    Set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, Washington, this book follows two timelines. The first timeline begins in 1889 and focuses on Port Bonita's founding and the damming of the Elwha River which gave the town its identity and life. This timeline is filled with men and women of vision and purpose, the world wide open to them if only they can make the right decisions. The second timeline is in the modern year 2006 and follows the descendants of those original founders. But for them, Port Bonita is no longer thriving, the dam no longer their salvation but their downfall. These men and women would like to have the same sense of purpose their ancestors did, but first they must somehow reconcile their past with their future. It might be time for Port Bonita and its inhabitants to make a change.

    Jonathan Evison writes colorfully with a lot of humor and genuine affection for his many characters - not one written with anything less than absolute vibrancy and depth. The Washington wilderness itself is a character and his descriptions of it are so effortless and beautiful, you trust that he KNOWS this landscape. He makes you feel it.

    The story itself is propulsive. At the beginning you will slowly begin to know the characters and follow them on their paths, learning more and more about them as you turn the pages, then the plot will start to take a stronger hold and pretty soon you will be unable to put the book down until you find out what everyone's destinies will be, until you are finished with the book and sad that it's over. This novel has a pioneer spirit and sense of adventure that captured my attention and imbued in me a childlike sense of wonder at the vastness of things.

    Read this fantastic book. I think it'll make a big splash in 2011.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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