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Peter Donahue, Author of Three Sides Water

Island Books is delighted to welcome Peter Donahue, who over the course of a long career has produced an inimitable fictional chronicle of our Northwest region. His books include the award-winning novels Madison House and Clara & Merritt, and (as editor) the acclaimed anthology Reading Seattle: The City in Prose. His latest work is Three Sides Water, portraying 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—in three distinct eras—to live life with purpose and integrity.

"Peter Donahue has produced a rare animal: three stories that flourish as separate novels and also succeed as a single book. He deftly details a brooding, primitive coastline, a juvenile detention center, and the modern I-5 corridor. In these landscapes are genuine souls—strange, hopeful, sometimes tragic—rendered with a remarkable honesty and care, who struggle for nobility in thoroughly compelling narratives." —Bruce Holbert, author of Washington State Book Award winner The Hour of Lead

Event date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
3014 78th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Three Sides Water Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781932010985
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Ooligan Press - May 1st, 2018

Madison House Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780976631101
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Hawthorne Books - October 1st, 2005

Clara and Merritt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781877655661
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Wordcraft of Oregon - June 1st, 2010

Reading Seattle: The City in Prose Cover Image
$33.68
ISBN: 9780295983950
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Published: University of Washington Press - March 1st, 2004