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This new novel by Jonathan Evison (All About Lulu) never loses its vivid focus on one Washington State area, but shifts sharply from one century to another. In the final decades of the nineteenth century, settlers in western Washington State construct a dam to utilize for energy. As that major project and Port Bonita evolve, so too do the relations between genders and races. From those scenes, West of Here fast-forwards in brief chapters to the tangled of lives of new millennium residents of the same town. With his numerous characters and plotlines, Evison shows clearly his intent to craft a major novel; the good news is that he has succeeded.