In Oregon writer John Daniel’s debut novel, Gifted (Counterpoint), a man revisits his teenaged years, the son of an abusive millworker caught up in a conflict over the fate of the Old Growth forests.
“Daniel captures Henry’s feeling of isolation and loneliness with eloquent prose that draws readers into the mossy old-growth forests of the Northwest. His clean descriptions and comforting digressions about the landscape mirror Henry’s own attempts to find solace in an unjust, confusing world. Daniel’s impressive novel quietly builds, ending in a place where Henry can see the way past his experiences into a much more beautiful, logical future.” —Publishers Weekly.
John Daniel is the author of ten books of prose, poetry and fiction, including Rogue River Journal and Far Corner, which won an Oregon State Book Award. He has been to Elliott Bay for most all of these books; it will be a pleasure having him here once again.