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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 ...

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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).

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  • ISBN-13: 9780395891704
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/29/1998
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Settled on the Cranberry Coast 1
Shipmates Down Under 16
In Spain, one Thousand and Three 42
A Fair Trade 70
Blue River, Blue Sun 103
Wizard 125
In the Kingdom of Prester John 144
Dirigibles 152
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Seattle Stories

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    A must for your Library

    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.

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