Seattle in Shorts

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About the author:
Mercia McMahon is a Belfast-born London-based novelist and short story writer, and sometimes a writer of novels containing short stories. She also writes non-fiction and in her youth dabbled in poetry. She is the author of Forgiveness (MMMporium 2013) a short story set in the aftermath of the anti-Jewish riots in 1938 Berlin.

Seattle in Shorts

Authored by Mercia McMahon

A novel about dealing with the shadows of the past in 21st century Seattle.

Martine Brown, a Seattle ex-pat, leaves London after a bereavement-related mental health breakdown to move to Poulsbo, Washington State. First she will spend November 2013 in Seattle, where she plans to re-visit old haunts, in the hope of recovering her mental strength. That plan goes awry, but she finds help from new (and renewed) friendships. Each chapter is a Day in the Month of Martine.

As an interlude to each chapter there is a talking head short story from a member of one of Seattle's minority communities talking about the past or present suffering of another Seattle minority community. There is a particular focus on the Japanese American, Native American, and LGBT communities.

Additional Information
The novel was inspired by the 2012 commemorations in Seattle of both the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair and the 70th anniversary of Japanese Internment. A particular influence was the iconic internment photograph of Fumiko Hayashida holding her daughter while she waited to be taken by ferry to Seattle from Bainbridge Island and onto a concentration camp. There is a strong rock music theme with The 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's suicide, the AIDS-related death of Freddie Mercury, and the London and Seattle lives of Jimi Hendrix featuring prominently in Martine's storyline. Chief Seattle of the Suquamish and Duwamish tribes is also a key reference point in a novel about the city named after him.

Publication Date:
1910354031 / 9781910354032
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Literary

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