A River Story // by Anna Odessa Linzer

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American Book Award-winner Anna Odessa Linzer's new novel tells the story of Fish Town, a self-invented community that took root along the banks of the north fork of the Skagit River, near La Conner, Washington in the 1960s. The story is told by a young woman named Rose, recollecting her childhood, and an older man, Leo, recalling his late-in-life romance with both the place and the people of Fish Town.

Poet Mike Dillon, writing in The Capitol Hill Times, says of this "subtle, knowing" book that it "nails the culture wars of the '60s and '70s all too believably--the hubris and hypocrisy and genuine hopes of those years ... A novelist can do no vetter than to remind us of what it feels to be alive in the world."