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West of Here
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January 1, 2011
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January 1, 2013

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Charlaralotte
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
I loved this book. Read it in two days flat. Even woke up during the night to keep going. Very few authors can pull off intricately structured novels that weave back and forth between multiple characters and moments in history. Evison manages to do it, and the result is a tour de force: the strong and sweeping storytelling of a masterful omniscient voice similar to Sir Walter Scott or Dickens. Right up there with today's big guns Franzen and Lethem, or perhaps more Maureen Howard and Louis de Be ...more
Brian
Nov 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
From the first page to the last, I was there. Jonathan's voice took me on a hike through the Washington wilderness along snowy mountain peaks in the dead of winter in the 1890's and I drove past a Taco Bell and Walmart in 2006 in a Monte Carlo sitting next to Rita. I still feel the cold and smell of Merit second-hand smoke.

The structure of this book was thoughtfully and brilliantly created. Jumping from the 1890's to 2006 was not as harsh or distracting as I first thought it might be... especial
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Elizabeth
This is a novel for people who can have fun thinking about the footprints of human interactions throughout history, the way they shape the future and ultimately each other. Mr. Evison writes tender internal dialogues as his characters struggle with examining their ability to forge ahead. The staggering majesty of the Pacific Northwest is just one part of a connected group of honest tales of progress.

The experience is something you can look back on as you would any great weekend around a camp fi
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Oct 18, 2010 is currently reading it
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Micha
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those who love: community building, novels about exploration or discovery, an adventure!
Recommended to Micha by: Johnnie, Kerry, Dan, Ben, various other Fiction Filers












I recommend this to: those who love an adventure! Anyone interested in community building, envirnonmental novels, novels about exploration or discovery!
Jim Simpson
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Totally captivated by characters I'm not normally drawn to. Evison's writing is masterful.
Pavel Kravchenko
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gloria
Feb 01, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Dec 24, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Apr 20, 2011 is currently reading it
Moira Russell
Apr 03, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Jason
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
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Mary Guterson
May 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Gus Sanchez
Feb 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
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David Vincent
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to David by: Jonathan Evison
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Feb 04, 2011 marked it as to-read
Keith Dixon
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Dec 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
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Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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