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East of the Mountains (Vintage Contemporaries)

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Staff Pick

Best known for another great Northwest novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson's East of the Mountains is equally beautiful and poignant. It's the deceptively simple story of a terminally ill man's last journey into the Eastern Washington he loves.
Recommended by Peter N., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From the author of Snow Falling on Cedars comes this bestselling novel about a dying man's final journey through a landscape that has always sustained him and provided him with hope and challenges.

When he discovers that he has terminal cancer, retired heart surgeon Ben Givens refuses to simply sit back and wait. Instead he takes his two beloved dogs and goes on a last hunt, determined to end his life on his own terms. But as the people he meets and the memories over which he lingers remind him of the mystery of life's endurance, his trek into the American West becomes much more than a final journey.

Review:

"A compassionate and masterful achievement." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"The shape is elegant, the tone is perfectly controlled, almost cool, and Guterson's prose shines with [a] taut polish....[He] is a craftsman with a sense of literary history, one of the most serious and accomplished young American writers." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Review:

"Guterson possesses a remarkable gift for capturing people and places, etching them into the reader's mind." USA Today

Review:

"Elegiac...like his first novel, Guterson's sophomore outing is a serious and surprising book....A monumental achievement." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"[Guterson] has produced a clean, unpretentious and expert piece of work, filled with the immediate beauty of everyday life and the desolation of leaving it behind." The Washington Times

Review:

"A strikingly joyful book and a monumental achievement." The Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"The writing is wonderful throughout, the characters are vivid...heartfelt, engaging and well drawn." The Miami Herald

Review:

"Profound and ambitious....Guterson depicts...moral and spiritual struggle with a clear-eyed intensity and intelligence that gives East of the Mountains its essential authority." Chicago Tribune

About the Author

David Guterson is the author of a collection of short stories, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind; Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense; Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award, the Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was an international bestseller; and the national bestseller East of the Mountains.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032655
Author:
Guterson, David
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
General
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
Aged men
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Seattle (Wash.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;cancer;suicide;pacific northwest;washington;literature;washington state;death;american;20th century;dying;american literature;american fiction;seattle;hunting;1990s;contemporary;psychological fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 MAP
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.02x5.30x.65 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 296 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400032655 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Best known for another great Northwest novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, David Guterson's East of the Mountains is equally beautiful and poignant. It's the deceptively simple story of a terminally ill man's last journey into the Eastern Washington he loves.

"Review" by , "A compassionate and masterful achievement."
"Review" by , "The shape is elegant, the tone is perfectly controlled, almost cool, and Guterson's prose shines with [a] taut polish....[He] is a craftsman with a sense of literary history, one of the most serious and accomplished young American writers."
"Review" by , "Guterson possesses a remarkable gift for capturing people and places, etching them into the reader's mind."
"Review" by , "Elegiac...like his first novel, Guterson's sophomore outing is a serious and surprising book....A monumental achievement."
"Review" by , "[Guterson] has produced a clean, unpretentious and expert piece of work, filled with the immediate beauty of everyday life and the desolation of leaving it behind."
"Review" by , "A strikingly joyful book and a monumental achievement."
"Review" by , "The writing is wonderful throughout, the characters are vivid...heartfelt, engaging and well drawn."
"Review" by , "Profound and ambitious....Guterson depicts...moral and spiritual struggle with a clear-eyed intensity and intelligence that gives East of the Mountains its essential authority."
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