We are delighted, as part of the ‘winding down’ of readings here this year, to have esteemed Northwest writer Karl Marlantes. The author of the Vietnam War classic novel, Matterhorn, and of What It Is Like to Go to War is here with his brilliant novel set in the early 20th century Pacific Northwest, along the Columbia River, Deep River (Atlantic Monthly Press).
“Inspired by family history, Marlantes offers a sprawling, painstakingly realistic novel about Finnish immigrants in the Pacific Northwest during the first half of the 20th century… Marlantes’s epic is packed with intriguing detail about Finnish culture, Northwest landscapes, and 20th-century American history, making for a vivid immigrant family chronicle.”—Publishers Weekly.
“Marlantes poignantly depicts the intimacies of personal dramas that echo the twentieth century’s unprecedented political storms and yet in surprising ways reprise Finland’s oldest mythologies…An unforgettable novel.”—Booklist.
“Deep River seems a work born from Willa Cather by way of Upton Sinclair. But this new book is its own animal, and it’s something of a masterpiece… In Deep River, [Aino] takes her place beside Antonia Shimerda as one of the great heroines of literature.”—BookPage.