The Coast of Good Intentions

The Coast of Good Intentions

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by Michael Byers
     
 

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Michael Byers’s award-winning collection The Coast of Good Intentions tells graceful tales of achingly unresolved lives on the Pacific Northwest coast. Byers captures the lives of ferry workers, carpenters, park rangers, and adolescents leaving home, against a backdrop of crab factories, cranberry bogs, the fog-shrouded shore, and the Seattle skyline. A

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Michael Byers’s award-winning collection The Coast of Good Intentions tells graceful tales of achingly unresolved lives on the Pacific Northwest coast. Byers captures the lives of ferry workers, carpenters, park rangers, and adolescents leaving home, against a backdrop of crab factories, cranberry bogs, the fog-shrouded shore, and the Seattle skyline. A poignant debut collection, these stories are "richly peopled with compelling characters whose wisdom and experiences span the generations” (San Jose Mercury News).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395891704
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/29/1998
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
0.41(w) x 8.50(h) x 5.50(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Byers's story collection The Coast of Good Intentions won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Long for This World was featured on the History Channel's "Mavericks, Miracles, and Medicine." The recipient of a Whiting Foundation Writer's Award, Byers lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.

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The Coast of Good Intentions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This modest, charming collection is set around Seattle, with a few detours into Oregon. The common themes of the stories, loneliness and aging, are odd for a young writer. Although they're unlikely to leave you with the warm and fuzzies, they will cause you to wonder and reflect, and you will be enriched by the experience. -- catwak
Guest More than 1 year ago
A collection of short stories that belongs on everyone's book shelf. It is hard to believe that Michael Byers is only 28 years old, because his wisdom, as expressed in these fine stories, is that of a much older person. From Cousin Ron ( In the Kingdom of Prestor John), to Joseph and Paula ( Blue River, Blue Sun) to Howard (Dirigibles), Mr. Byers draws you into the often sad and crazy world of his characters as they try to get through life. He accurately describes and portrays life's complexities and twists and turns, and in the least expected ways his characters come to some sort of resolution. It is hard to pick a favorite story from this collection because just when you think you have, you read the next story and your mind is changed. A must read.