Seattle Picks: Seattle Fiction
Annotation:Alexie, one of Seattle’s most enigmatic and daring writers, combines 15 previous and 15 new stories in this volume. Alexie writes in bold, darkly comic strokes about Indians (his preferred term to Native Americans) in the Pacific Northwest.
Annotation:Kate meets with her five dearest friends after surviving cancer and challenges them each to tackle life head-on with her by choosing a risky endeavor like whitewater river rafting. This story of friendships celebrates small triumphs and new beginnings.
Annotation:For a trio of reluctant inter-dimensional adventurers, a book-filled Seattle warehouse serves as a gateway across countless eons to a cosmic battle between Chaos and a primordial Librarian.
Annotation:In this dark and unsettling tale set in 1970s suburban Seattle, a mysterious epidemic, “the bug,” causes unearthly physical transformations in its teenage victims.
Annotation:Seattle anesthesiologist Marie Heaton faces charges of malpractice when an 8-year-old patient dies and, as the lawsuit unfolds, finds more than her career at stake.
Annotation:In the wake of the Alaska Gold Rush, Maddie Ingram is sitting on top of the world – and Denny Hill – until city planners move to pull the ground out from under her. Donahue also edited the anthology Reading Seattle: The City in Prose.
Annotation:Leo Waterman had given up his life as a private investigator when his family trust finally kicked in, but he returns to the scene with his band of reprobates when Rebecca, the love of his life who jilted him, goes missing.
Annotation:When Seattle’s Panama Hotel is renovated, Henry Lee discovers a relic from World War II that sparks in him a need to atone for past wrongs and to reconnect with his first love.
Annotation:Three literature grad students’ stories converge when Janey and Katie offer to help Jill raise her new baby, opening a congenial new chapter in the evolving story of what family really means.
Annotation:Walter Cousins, married actuary, takes his two children to the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and starts an affair with his au pair, Diane, setting in motion an Oedipal tale of consequences and fate.
Annotation:When a snuff film is found on the Washington governor’s grandson’s phone, J. P. Beaumont, Seattle P.I., is called in to investigate the heinous crime and its ensuing aftermath.
Annotation:When a springtime snowstorm unexpectedly covers Seattle in 2010, Claire, a journalist, investigates another storm on the same day in 1933 and uncovers a captivating story of a child’s disappearance and a mother’s vigilance.
Annotation:Out of the shards of past misdeeds and unfulfilled desires, Margaret learns that it is never too late to build an enduring friendship, or to compose a life too beautiful and keenly felt to waste.
Annotation:Roger Morgan, who brought the 1962 World’s Fair to Seattle, is running for mayor 40 years later. But a Seattle P-I reporter turns up unsavory details from Morgan’s past, dealings that reveal the shady underbelly of the city itself.
Annotation:From a 1980s punk group to a 1990s grunge band, Laura Loss’ career illuminates Seattle’s musical heyday. Laura’s recounting of her time with the Mistakes and her struggles with fame and love capture the hectic scene in this rock-fueled debut.
Annotation:In this mystery set in Seattle in 1901, University of Washington professor Benjamin Bradshaw discovers a reviled colleague dead and then finds himself the target of the ensuing investigation.
Annotation:In this action-packed steampunk novel set in Civil War-era Seattle, Zeke ventures into the walled-off city where years before his father was blamed for having unleashed a gas that turned people into zombies.
Annotation:Andy thought things had finally settled down when a coworker at the Reality Factory software company reveals her multiple personalities, prompting his own alter-egos to vie for dominance over his mental mansion.
Annotation:Stumbling from boom to bust, the Queen/Jet/Emerald City provides the perfect backdrop for fourteen tales of crime, desperation and vice, etched in varying shades of black.
Annotation:In this satiric novel about Seattle, written by a former writer for the TV series “Arrested Development,” Bernadette goes missing after some truly uproarious incidents and it’s up to her daughter Bee to piece together the mystery of her whereabouts.
Annotation:When her perfect little life collapses, Mira Serafino takes to the road and winds up as a barista in a funky Fremont coffee house, where she finds a life too big for mere perfection.
Annotation:As racecar driver Denny Swift’s life flies apart at high speed, his best friend Enzo tries to show him how blessed he really is: Enzo would give anything to be human instead of a Labrador/terrier mix.