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Seattle/Pacific Northwest-Themed Books?

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Leonardo Noto
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Seattle/Pacific Northwest-Themed Books?

Post by Leonardo Noto » Sat July 7th, 2012, 7:58 pm


I recently moved to Seattle and I was wondering if anyone knows of any good HF reads involving the city in particular or the Pacific Northwest in general?

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Post by Misfit » Sat July 7th, 2012, 10:38 pm

Welcome to my world. It's beautiful up here, isn't it?

Seattle Green was a fairly good read for me. I don't know if you're in the city limits, or in the burbs, but I believe King County Library has a copy. If you haven't signed on for KCLS, what are you waiting for? They're tops.

Charlotte Paul's written one called Seattle (eh). She's also got one set in the Snoqualmie Valley called Wild Valley. I haven't read it yet, but a friend at GR did with mixed results.

Celeste de Blasis has Tiger's Woman set in old Seattle and San Juan Islands, but I think that'd be a bit too romancy for a manly man ;)

Prima Donna by Megan something-or-other is set in Seattle.

I'll keep thinking. There is Fifty Shades of Grey, but I'm guessing that's not quite what you are looking for! :D :eek:
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Post by rockygirl » Sat July 7th, 2012, 10:54 pm

How about Snow Falling on Cedars? I seem to remember that it takes place on an island near Seattle.
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I know of one in progress

Post by DanielAWillis » Sat July 7th, 2012, 11:42 pm

Sourdough Jackson writes alternative history with a sci-fi element. His first book, Torpedo Junction, is the beginning of a series. The second (I believe) installment is set primarily in the Puget Sound area.

I am part of a writer's group with Sourdough and have gotten to hear some reading from the novel in proress. His alternate world where history from about WWI happened quite differently is very fun to follow.
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Thanks for the recommendations!

Post by Leonardo Noto » Sun July 8th, 2012, 6:48 pm

Thanks for all of the great recommendations! I'll definitely make my way over to King County Public Library in the near future. I recently visited Pike Place Market and rode the ferry over to Olympic State Park -- both were amazing and I'm loving it here!

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sun July 8th, 2012, 7:20 pm

The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland is set in Vancouver, as is I heard the Owl Call My Name. The Sea Runners by Ivan Doig starts in Alaska, but gets down your way. All books suited to masculine preferences.

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Post by Ash » Fri July 13th, 2012, 7:04 pm

Wizard of the Pigeons is one of my favorite books; its based in Seattle. Unfortunately its not that easy to find anymore, but its worth the search.

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Post by Margaret » Sat July 14th, 2012, 12:55 am

There's a contemporary mystery novel just out by my friend Bharti Kirchner, Tulip Season, about an Indian immigrant living in Seattle whose best friend, a domestic violence counselor, goes missing.

The following are historical novels:

City of Ash by Megan Chance (Chicago socialite and her husband arrive in Seattle in 1888)

Madison House by Peter Donohue (a widow who owns a boarding house on Seattle's Denny Hill refuses to sell when the city begins demolishing the hill for a regrading project in the early 20th century - based on the history of Denny Hill)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (coming-of-age story about a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl growing up in Seattle during World War II)

Plus, a couple of YA novels:

The Storyteller's Daughter by Jean Thesman (fifteen-year-old girl in Seattle during Prohibition suspects her father may be illegally smuggling rum, and then he disappears)

The Jewel and the Key by Louise Spiegler (high school girl of the near future slips back in time to 1917 during a time of labor unrest). I had the chance to review this one: see review at HistoricalNovels.info.
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Post by Vaughn Entwistle » Mon July 23rd, 2012, 8:19 pm

Megan Chance is a well-know historical fiction author who lives on Bainbridge Island.

Several of her novels are set in Seattle or the Pacific Northwest. Off-hand here are two I know of:

City of Ashes is set in Seattle.

A Season in Eden is set in the Yakima valley.

Check her other titles at http://www.meganchance.com

Hope this helps,


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