PETER DONAHUE: three sides water

Sun, May 6, 3pm, 2018

Award-winning author and Winthrop local launches his new book, Three Sides Water on May 1, published by Ooligan Press.
The vibrant and timeless setting of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is deserving of not one, but three stories defined by both place and period.

Across the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic Peninsula, Donahue’s characters take extraordinary actions to transcend the limitations imposed upon them. Marguerite struggles with the emotional aftermath of sexual assault amid the mysticism and untamed wilderness of the Pacific coast in the 1920s. Avery navigates life as a “juvenile delinquent” while the social and political convulsions of the 1960s transform the world around him. Chris escapes the present-day mill town where he grew up, only to find he must reconcile his true self with the troubling persona he’s taken on.

In his newest work of literary fiction, Donahue distills the raw and vivid world of the Olympic Peninsula into a stunning work that challenges what it means to live life with purpose and integrity.
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. His Retrospective Review column on Northwest literature has appeared in Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History since 2005. He teaches at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and lives in Winthrop, Washington.

DATE: Book Launch Event on Sun, May 6, 3pm. LOCATION: Trail’s End Bookstore, Winthrop, WA. Donahue will read from his book and talk about Olympic Peninsula literature, and sign books. There will be refreshments, and all are welcome. CONTACT:, or