The Shadows of Owls


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University of Washington Press
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6.34 X 9.21 X 1.3 inches | 1.46 pounds
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About the Author

John Keeble is professor emeritus of creative writing at Eastern Washington University. He is the author of four novels, including Yellowfish and Broken Ground, both recently reissued; a collection of short stories; and a work of nonfiction, Out of the Channel: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound.


"Against the backdrop of blizzards in an unforgiving landscape, Keeble keeps the pages turning . . . it's the unsettling end of the book that leans most toward 'literary' in this ambitious thriller."--Suzy Vitello, The Oregonian, November 2013

"It's kind of reductive to call John Keeble's novel The Shadows of Owls an eco-thriller. That's what it's been billed as, but . . . Keeble's imagination is too poetic, wandering and engrossing to be confined to a thriller's format."--Kate Whittle, Missoula Independent, October 2013

"Keeble's prose and descriptions of the landscape in the Northwest are stunning, and he takes every opportunity to slow the narrative and observe the beauty of what surrounds the characters. Even so, the story is riveting and suspenseful, full of surprises behind every bend in the scenery-strewn road."--Heather Paulson, Booklist, October 15 2013

"With The Shadows of Owls, novelist John Keeble has unleashed a sprawling storm of a novel that has all the elements of a Northwest classic. Keeble has crafted an armchair-gripping eco-thriller that is broad and generous in its portrayal of ordinary people caught in the grip of unchecked power."--Tim McNulty, Seattle Times, September 8 2013

"Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University, John Keeble is himself a master wordsmith with a gift of narrative fiction and the creation of identifiable and memorable characters. A solid entertainment from beginning to end, The Shadow of Owls is highly recommended for both personal reading lists and community library contemporary fiction collections."--Jack Mason, The Midwest Book Review