the sea runners

I highly recommend the short novel The Sea Runners, a story of four men on the lam in a canoe down the Pacific Northwest coast. The distinguished author, Ivan Doig, lives in Seattle. I’m a poor, halting reader so the first half dozen pages put the scare in me: The story is written in an interesting twisty prose that had me bumbling awkwardly for awhile. I eventually got a feel for Doig’s device and settled in comfortably. I was so riveted I finished the book in two days (I stayed up really late a couple nights ago).

The setting for a long scene in Chapter 5 was intriguing to me. It isn’t spelled out clearly in the novel, but anyone fairly familiar with the coast will recognize the characters have landed on Ozette Island of Cape Alava fame.

the back cover:

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