It seems appropriate to move from the desert settings of Southwest fiction to the damp, tall forests of the Pacific Northwest or the peaks, plains and valleys of Montana and Idaho. Settled in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th, this area has a more recent literary tradition than the East Coast. Among well-known novels set in this part of the U.S. are Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion and David Guterson’s Snow Falling on Cedars.
Oregon’s Multnomah County Library has compiled a North by Northwest reading list that offers fiction written after 1960 by authors who live, or have lived in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska and who write about those regions.
Here are a few you might want to sample:
Mountain Time by Ivan Doig
Mommies Behaving Badly by Roz Bailey
The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula LeGuin
The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch