February 19, 2011
Greetings, TNB readers and Book Club members!
This month’s TNB Book Club selection is Jonathan Evison’s West of Here.
According to the West of Here website, Evison’s book is “set in the fictional town of Port Bonita, on Washington State’s rugged Pacific coast. West of Here is propelled by a story that both re-creates and celebrates the American experience—it is storytelling on the grandest scale. With one segment of the narrative focused on the town’s founders circa 1890, and another showing the lives of their descendants in 2006, the novel develops as a kind of conversation between two epochs, one rushing blindly toward the future and the other struggling to undo the damage of the past.”
The reviews for West of Here have been resoundingly positive. The San Francisco Chronicle, for instance, says, “Evison, a tremendously gifted storyteller, has staked claim to a wondrous frontier he can proudly call his own.”
The Denver Post declares, “… this is a novel that a reader can settle into, a work that is, most of all, a darned good story.”
The Miami Herald says that “…what makes [West of Here] big and unforgettable is Evison’s wide-raging imagination and gifted storytelling.”
What do you think of West of Here?
There are a lot of characters to keep up with (15? 20?) Have you found it easy to keep track, as many of the book reviewers were delighted to find? Do you have a favorite character? Are you finding “new insight into how we as a nation have been shaped and formed?” What about the two time periods? Do you prefer one to the other?
Please, join the discussion below! Share what you love (or are frustrated by), what’s making you think (or feel confused), or any other thoughts you might have about our February Book Club Selection.
Also, be looking for an update about our online Book Club Chat, which should be coming to your email inbox soon!
For those in the Pacific Northwest, Jonathan Evison will be reading from West of Here at 7:30 PM, Monday, February 21, 2011 at Powell’s Books. Try to stop by and hear him read!
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