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