After a few years living and teaching in the South, Peter Donahue is back in a Northwest he has been chronicling in books of his own writing and editing. These have included the novels Clara and Merrit and Madison House, as well as the short story collection The Cornelius Arms. His co-edited anthologies include Reading Seattle and Reading Portland. Now living in the Methow Valley and teaching at Wenatchee Valley College-Omak College, he is here tonight with a trilogy of short novels, Three Sides Water (Ooligan Press).
“Peter Donahue has produced a rare animal: three stories that flourish as separate novels and also succeed as a single book. He deftly details a brooding, primitive coastline, a juvenile detention center, and the modern I-5 corridor. In these landscapes are genuine souls—strange, hopeful, sometimes tragic—rendered with a remarkable honesty and care, who struggle for nobility in thoroughly compelling narratives.” —Bruce Holbert.