This is a good read. I think the author started out to write the great (NW) American novel, but it turned out to be too much of a stretch. It ranks below such great works as Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion, Duncan's "The Brothers K", and even Stein's "A Sudden Light", but it still catches the essence of what makes a NW centric novel- how nature intertwines with family in a multigenerational way. In this case, nature is The Elwha River and Dam, and it bounces between 1889-90 and 2006, from the beginnings of making the dam to the demise/dismantling of the same.

I read "Lawn Boy" first and could see how Evison has grown as a writer. Going back to his earlier work was interesting because while the story was good, the 2006 parts of the story were more lively and honest in describing the lives and thoughts of the characters. I think Evison is one of the Northwest's best writers.

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