Friday, May 12, 2006

Your Next Good Read ... Jim LYNCH's The Highest Tide (2005)

One of the wonderful fiction débuts of 2005!

JIM LYNCH’s début novel, The Highest Tide (Bloomsbury, 2005), is one of my favourite novels of 2005. Set against the tidal flats of Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest state of Washington, I love it especially for its taut, lyrical prose and gripping narrative power, spirituality and the wonderful character of Miles O’Malley, the introverted 13-year-old narrator, protagonist and voice of this sad yet hauntingly funny story of growing up. Lynch has an excellent feel for landscape and in his hands, the beauty and grandeur of the Pacific Northwest come alive with a power that is simultaneously raw and wondrous.

Check out Jim Lynch’s website at

LYNCH Jim [1961-] Novelist. Born James Lynch in Seattle, Washington, U.S. Novel The Highest Tide (2005: winner of a 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Book Award)

Other novels set in the Pacific Northwest
Waxwings (2003) / Jonathan Raban
Snow Falling on Cedars (1994) / David Guterson


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