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As "Skookum Summer" begins, the year is 1981, and reporter Tom Dawson slinks back to his tiny Puget Sound hometown after making a disastrous mistake at the" LA Times." Working reluctantly at the local weekly, the "Big Skookum Echo," Tom is drawn into investigating a powerful logger's murder. As the mystery deepens, the murder exposes the strains on the community as ...more
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by University of Washington Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mary
Jun 13, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
Last February, while browsing the massive book fair at the Seattle AWP conference, one book at the University of Washington Press booth caught my eye. In its provisional pre-publication proof state, the cover of Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest looked forlorn, with its simple image of an orange-toned crosscut view of an old-growth log rising like the sun behind a mountain range. Skookum is a Chinook Jargon word meaning good, strong, or powerful. Since I enjoy Northwest fiction an ...more
Andy Miller
Sep 07, 2014 Andy Miller rated it really liked it
Part of the fun of this great novel is that it is set in the Shelton Washington area(though the town is renamed Skookum for the novel) and is written by an someone who clearly knows and loves the area. It is told in flashback, the action taking place in 1981 when the Shelton area was suffering from recession and changes to the logging industry

The protagonist, Tom Dawson, grew up in Skookum, went to UW, became a rising newspaper star in Los Angeles but is forced to return to Skookum after after b
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Dina Tanners
Dec 28, 2014 Dina Tanners rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book for the setting in a small town west-ish of Olympia, Washington, the story of a journalist returning home (in disgrace), how he "finds" himself, and a complex , good mystery. Obviously written by someone who knows the area well and cares about it very much. Definitely worth reading.
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Very interesting plot, really well written. It did have it's flaws (like all books) but overall I enjoyed it!
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I enjoyed this book for the Puget Sound history and background story.
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Jack Hart was a managing editor at The Oregonian and has served as the newspaper's writing coach and staff development director. Formerly a professor of journalism at The University of Oregon, he has often lectured at Harvard's Niemann Conference for Narrative Journalism, and he teaches at writers' conferences throughout the country.
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