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At the foot of the Elwha River, the muddy outpost of Port Bonita is about to boom, fueled by a ragtag band of dizzyingly disparate men and women unified only in their visions of a more prosperous future. A failed accountant by the name of Ethan Thornburgh has just arrived in Port Bonita to reclaim the woman he loves and start a family. Ethan’s obsession with a brighter future impels the damming of the mighty Elwha to harness its power and put Port Bonita on the map.

More than a century later, his great-great grandson, a middle manager at a failing fish- packing plant, is destined to oversee the undoing of that vision, as the great Thornburgh dam is marked for demolition, having blocked the very lifeline that could have sustained the town. West of Here is a grand and playful odyssey, a multilayered saga of destiny and greed, adventure and passion, that chronicles the life of one small town, turning America’s history into myth, and myth into a nation’s shared experience.


“[A] booming, bighearted epic.” Vanity Fair

“Riotously funny . . . Wonderfully charming.”The New York Times Book Review

"A big novel about the discovery and rediscovery of nature, starting over, and the sometimes piercing reverberations of history, this is a damn fine book." Publishers Weekly, starred review

Meet the author

Jonathan Evison lives on an island on the coast of Washington State. He is the New York Times bestselling Author of three award winning novels: All About Lulu, West of Here, and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, soon to be a major motion picture. Sherman Alexie has called Evison “the most honest white man alive.” He has written for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Salon, and National Public Radio. His fourth novel, This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!, was released in September 2015.

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