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New Books by Local Authors ~ Adult Fiction

February 27th, 2013 at Wed, 27th, 2013 at 8:00 am by Kerry

The Bartender’s Tale

by Ivan Doig
Master storyteller Doig returns to 1960 Montana for this moving coming-of-age story of a precocious boy, his bachelor, bartender father, and an unexpected revelation that threatens to upend both their lives. Ivan Doig lives in Seattle.

 

Blasphemy: New and Selected Short Stories
by Sherman Alexie
This book combines fifteen of the author’s classic short stories with fifteen new ones.  In these comfort-zone-destroying tales, including the masterpiece, War Dances, characters grapple with racism, damaging stereotypes, poverty, alcoholism, and the tragic loss of languages and customs. Sherman Alexie lives in Seattle, Washington.

 

 


Along came a duke
by Elizabeth Boyle
In order to claim a vast fortune, Tabitha Timmons, a penniless spinster, must marry the very respectable Mr. Barkworth, but finds herself torn between the good fortune that guarantees her security and her feelings for the Duke of Preston, who vows to save her from a passionless union. Elizabeth Boyle lives in Seattle, Washington.

 


The Orchardist
by Amanda Coplin
At the turn of the 20th century in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a gentle solitary orchardist, Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots. Then two feral, pregnant girls and armed gunmen set Talmadge on an irrevocable course not only to save and protect but to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past. Amanda Coplin was born in Wenatchee, Washington and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

Fundamentals -of- Caregiving Revised
by Jonathan Evison
Evison’s third novel is about Benjamin Benjamin, a 39-year-old Kitsap County man whose life has gone to pieces. After losing virtually everything meaningful in his life, Benjamin trains to be a caregiver, but his first client, a fiercely independent teen with muscular dystrophy, gives him more than he bargained for.  Soon the two embark on a road trip to visit the boy’s ailing father. Jonathan Evison now lives in Bainbridge Island, Washington.

 

 


Truth Like the Sun
by Jim Lynch
Roger Morgan, the promoter responsible for bring the World’s Fair to Seattle in 1962, runs for mayor in 2001, right after the tech bubble bursts, while budding reporter Helen Gulanos probes his secretive past. Jim Lynch now lives in Seattle, Washington.

 

 

Happiness is a Chemical in the Brain: Stories
by Lucia Perillo
A collection of short stories that takes place in the Pacific Northwest includes odd characters like an addict who becomes obsessed with vacuum cleaners and a suburban housewife who commits armed robberies. Lucia Perillo lives in Olympia, Washington.

 

 

 


Where’d you go, Bernadette : a novel
by Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Maria Semple lives in Seattle, Washington.

 

 


Beautiful Ruins
by Jess Walter
A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. Jess Walter lives in his childhood home in Spokane, Washington.

 

 

 


Wilderness
by Lance Weller
A first novel by a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer follows the final journey of a Civil War veteran along the Pacific Coast, where an elderly and disabled Abel Truman endures a solitary existence in a driftwood shack before hiking the Olympic Mountains, along which he reflects on the war’s savagery, the people who touched his life and his hopes for redemption. Lance Weller lives in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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