Visit the website for the National Park Service and you will find
that the Elwha River Restoration project is a key one for the Olympic
National Park in Washington state. “Elwha River Restoration will restore
the river to its natural free-flowing state, allowing all five species
of Pacific salmon and other anadromous fish to once again reach habitat
and spawning grounds,” the project literature explains.
It is with this kernel of truth that writer Jonathan Evison spins a grand tale in his new novel, West of Here.
The novel essentially looks at environmental decisions made during the
late 1800s, when the American frontier moved rapidly west, and land
grabs were in full swing—and the consequences of those same decisions
more than a hundred years on.