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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,388 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Evison Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the rugged mudflats of the Northwestern frontier to a rusting strip mall, West of Here is a conversation between two epochs. In his eagerly awaited second novel, Jonathan Evison tells the stories of the people who first inhabited the mythical town of Port Bonita in Washington State from 1887-1891. Moving ahead more than a century to 2005-06, he introduces those who live there now and must deal with the damage done by their predecessors.

The characters are drawn with compassion and truth, the themes are grand and sweeping: regeneration, the trappings of history, the elusive nature of perception, who makes footprints and who follows them. Evison writes with heart and verve, capturing evocative details and unforgettable scenes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riotously funny…Wonderfully charming.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An expansive, century-spanning novel…West of Here is the kind of work that begs to be called sweeping, with its large cast of characters encompassing multiple eras, sturdy American themes of community and nature, and a style that could be called cinematic…The big picture is pretty impressive.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A booming, bighearted epic.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “Sprightly and enthusiastic.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “An enjoyable, meaty read—a vision of a place told through the people who find themselves at the edge of America’s idea of itself.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “This book is a living, breathing testament to Evison’s singular talent for creating portraits of people who may be fictional, but nevertheless are so vital that one is certain their names must be in a historic register somewhere. Like the people in his book, Evison’s grand ambition seems to have been snatched out of thin air and made real in a way that is simply undeniable.”

    BookPage

  • “Big and unforgettable…West of Here is a sprawling tragicomic novel about identity—national and personal—that’s as entertaining as it is insightful.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A big booming ruckus of a novel…Evison is a tremendously gifted storyteller.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Evison, author of this audacious historical novel, manages a near-impossible feat: first, he creates an almost absurdly complex narrative structure, bridging more than 100 years of life in Washington State and encompassing multiple points of view, and then he grounds the sublime architechtonic whole in the vividly realized daily lives of characters who exist completely in their individual moments but whose actions reverberate back and forth across time.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Lots of books deal with adventure. A few are adventures in reading. Jonathan Evison’s ambitious novel, West of Here is one of them…Evison’s prose is as muscular as his setting.”

    USA Today

  • Selected for the February 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Zach Cole | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting book. Some parts are dry, but overall Evison paints a vivid, engaging picture of the same town in two very different time periods. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dixie | 2/16/2014

    " Great story! This could have been written as two stories, but was wonderfully mixed into one epic novel of the Pacific Northwest. Part of the story takes place in 1890 with the founders, the other in 2006 with the future generation. Lots of characters, but very easy to keep them all straight. You'll be climbing mountains, parenting, working in a fish factory, dating, building a dam...just about everything that happens in life. Wonderful book, put it on your must read list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kim | 2/15/2014

    " I just didn't get this book. There were so many characters in both modern times and the flashback 1890 time period, none were very developed and at times it was difficult to keep track of everyone. Perhaps if I was from this part of the country I would have felt a connection to the story. I had to push myself to finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Betty | 2/14/2014

    " I found it hard to stay interested in this book, but I slogged through. There were too many stories about too many people - some interesting and some not. And just when I got interested in one person's story, I found myself in a different century with a different story. And I never figured out the Curtis/Thomas thing. If this was based on some Indiana time travel/reincarnation legend, it would have been good to be told something about that. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. His first novel, All About Lulu, won the Washington State Book Award.