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Meet Three Sides Water author Peter Donahue @ BookTree

Please join us in welcoming award-winning author Peter Donahue, who has written several fictional chronicles taking place in our Northwest region. His latest is Three Sides Water, portraying the lives of three young people who seek meaning in an often violent, insensible world. 

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“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, author of Lonesome Animals, The Hour of Lead (winner of the Washington State Book Award), and Whiskey

In his new collection Three Sides Water (Ooligan Press), a triptych of “short novels,” Peter Donahue turns his attention to the Olympic Peninsula, a region as mysterious to city-dwellers as it is scenic. Donahue’s characters are idiosyncratic and his storylines intense: a young woman touring as part of a traveling magician’s show in the 1920s finds herself the subject of an attempted sexual assault on Rialto Beach; a teenager confined to a juvenile prison in Port Townsend “rambles” from Fort Worden to Vietnam War-era Seattle and back again, encountering panhandlers, pedophiles and draft-dodgers along the way.

Donahue’s deep understanding of our region’s history coupled with his willingness to portray characters left out of traditional history books make his collective body of work a valuable contribution to literature of the Northwest.
--Alex Gallo-Brown City Arts Magazine

Peter Donahue
is the author of the novels Clara and Merritt and Madison House, winner of the 2005 Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, and the short story collection The Cornelius Arms. He is co-editor of the 2016 edition of the memoir Seven Years on the Pacific Slope and the anthologies Reading Seattle and Reading Portland. He teaches at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and lives in Winthrop, Washington.