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Seattle Picks: Seattle Fiction

Blasphemy
Blasphemy By Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2012 ) FIC ALEXIE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 29 copies

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.

Joy for Beginners
Joy for Beginners By Bauermeister, Erica (Book - 2011 ) FIC BAUERME 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 22 copies

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.

City at the End of Time
City at the End of Time By Bear, Greg (Book - 2008 ) SCI-FIC BEAR 2008 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 4 on 1 copy

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.

Black Hole
Black Hole By Burns, Charles (Book - 2005 ) 741.5973 B9372B 2005 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 12 on 6 copies

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.

Oxygen
Oxygen By Cassella, Carol Wiley (Book - 2008 ) FIC CASSELL 2008 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 4 on 9 copies

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.

Madison House
Madison House A Novel By Donahue, Peter (Book - 2005 ) FIC DONAHUE 2005 Available in some locations

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.

Thicker Than Water
Thicker Than Water A Leo Waterman Mystery By Ford, G. M. (Book - 2012 ) MYSTERY FORD 2012 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 9 on 3 copies

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.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet A Novel By Ford, Jamie (Book - 2009 ) FIC FORD 2009 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 53 on 22 copies

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.

The Atlas of Love
The Atlas of Love By Frankel, Laurie (Book - 2010 ) FIC FRANKEL 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 11 copies

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.

Ed King
Ed King A Novel By Guterson, David (Book - 2011 ) FIC GUTERSO 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 24 copies

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.

Betrayal of Trust
Betrayal of Trust By Jance, Judith A. (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY JANCE 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 23 copies

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.

Blackberry Winter
Blackberry Winter A Novel By Jio, Sarah (Book - 2012 ) FIC JIO 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 18 copies

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.

Broken for You
Broken for You By Kallos, Stephanie (Book - 2004 ) FIC KALLOS 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

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.

Truth Like the Sun
Truth Like the Sun By Lynch, Jim (Book - 2012 ) FIC LYNCH 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 7 on 31 copies

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.

How the Mistakes Were Made
How the Mistakes Were Made By McMahon, Tyler (Book - 2011 ) FIC MCMAHON 2011 Available in some locations

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.

A Spark of Death
A Spark of Death By Pajer, Bernadette (Book - 2011 ) MYSTERY PAJER 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 16 copies

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.

Boneshaker
Boneshaker By Priest, Cherie (Book - 2009 ) FIC PRIEST 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 15 copies

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.

Set This House in Order
Set This House in Order A Romance of Souls By Ruff, Matt (Book - 2004 ) FIC RUFF 2004 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 1 on 3 copies

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.

Seattle Noir
Seattle Noir (Book - 2009 ) MYSTERY SEATTLE 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 12 copies

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.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Novel By Semple, Maria (Book - 2012 ) FIC SEMPLE 2012 All copies in use. Availability details Holds: 62 on 104 copies

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.

Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe
Love and Biology at the Center of the Universe By Shortridge, Jennie (Book - 2008 ) FIC SHORTRI 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 11 copies

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.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain A Novel By Stein, Garth (Book - 2008 ) FIC STEIN 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 14 on 28 copies

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.

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