Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Living - (book)

I have enjoyed Annie Dillard's writing in the past.  This book is no exception.  Dillard lives (or has lived) on the Lummi Island off the Bellingham coast about 90 miles north of Seattle.  The story, published in 1992,  takes place in that area.

This is the story of the lives of the people who settled at Whatcom on Bellingham Bay.  They built the town of Bellingham in what later became Washington State
From the very beginning the pioneers had many difficulties but they persist.  The book spans several generation and offers many plot threads.  I really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.  It would be a great gift for anyone in Washington or the Pacific Northwest.


  1. Mornin' Darla,
    It's been a zillion years since I read this. Your post has prompted me to go find it and re-read it. I too like her writing - always enjoyable.

  2. I do enjoy reading about pioneers in any land Darla, so will make a note of this book. The Pacific Northwest is interesting and unique and I'd like to learn more about it.

  3. This is a very different and unique book. I read it years ago, and recall it dealt with several different ethnic groups, both rich and poor. If I recall correctly, I thought it was a really good read. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, because I had completely forgotten about it.

  4. I've enjoyed a couple of her books but haven't read this one. Thx for the recommendation :)