In Three Sides Water , award-winning author Peter Donahue portrays the lives of three young people who seek meaning in an often violent, insensible world.
Across the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic Peninsula, Donahue’s characters take extraordinary actions to transcend the limitations imposed upon them. Marguerite struggles with the emotional aftermath of sexual assault amid the mysticism and untamed wilderness of the Pacific coast in the 1920s. Avery navigates life as a “juvenile delinquent” while the social and political convulsions of the 1960s transform the world around him. Chris escapes the present-day mill town where he grew up, only to find he must reconcile his true self with the troubling persona he’s taken on.
In his newest work of literary fiction, Donahue distills the raw and vivid world of the Olympic Peninsula into a stunning work that challenges what it means to live life with purpose and integrity.
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About the Author
Peter Donahue is the author of the novels Clara and Merritt and Madison House, winner of the 2005 Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, and the short story collection The Cornelius Arms. He is co-editor of the 2016 edition of the memoir Seven Years on the Pacific Slope and the anthologies Reading Seattle and Reading Portland. His Retrospective Review column on Northwest literature has appeared in Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History since 2005. He teaches at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and lives in Winthrop, Washington.
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Washington State’s Olympic Penninsula is what this collection has in common. It travels from a 1925-set harrowing, suspenseful tale of a woman’s assault and its lifelong aftermath, to a 1970 coming of age tale set in the waning days of a juvenille detention center, to a present day wry comic look at one man’s obsession with…wait for it: Bing Crosby. In On Rialto Beach, Marguerite is half of an identical twin set who has entered show business via the flim flam performances of her mystic act boss. While on vacation in his remote luxury camp, Marguerite experiences the delight of drawing in a tree house and the company of visiting silent screen idol Harold Lloyd. But she is also brutally attacked by a hired man. The summer and its secrets haunt her. In At Fort Worden readers meet chronic deliquent Avery, who spends his last year as a ward of the state. He runs away from his detention center, expereinces his first love with fellow inmate Brenda, friendship with a transgender teen, and through them he awakens to the tumultuous world at large. Finally, Out of Shelden follows Chris, who has been brought up by his grandmother in the image of the singing star Bing Crosby, and finds his own identity submerging into Der Bingle’s, warts and all. It proves promising for his entertainment career, but wreaks havolc on his love and family life. The pull of place comes to his rescue, along with some dosing with Anafranil. Though widely different in tone and genre, these three short novels unite in their compelling setting. Each shares the pull of place: this spectacular corner of the continent.