Anacortes authors

Anacortes is not merely a town of readers. It's also home to a number of authors, whose latest books appear below. Some authors have their own websites. Click on the links for further information, or on the pictures of the books.


The Leaving Year  by Pam McGaffin - As the Summer of Love comes to an end, 15-year-old Ida Petrovich waits for a father who never comes home. While commercial fishing in Alaska, he is lost at sea, but with no body and no wreckage, Ida and her mother are forced to accept a "presumed" death that tests their already strained relationship. While still in shock over the loss of her father, Ida overhears an adult conversation that shatters everything she thought she knew about him. This prompts her to set out on a search for the truth that takes her from her Washington State hometown to Southeast Alaska, where she works at a salmon cannery, develops love for a Filipino classmate, and befriends a Native Alaskan girl. Insightful and heartfelt, The Leaving Year is a tale of love and loyalty, family and friendship, and the stories we tell ourselves in our search for meaning. 








 Pauline by Avis Rector - When Pauline first sees the house, tears well up in her eyes and in a trembling voice she says, "Fred, that house... it's not at all what I expected. It's so small. It looks like a shack." Faced with the hardships of the 1930's, Pauline and Fred come from Michigan to Whidbey Island, one of many islands nestled in Puget Sound in Washington State. The young couple arrive in 1934 as the construction of the Deception Pass Bridge begins. Embraced by new friends in the farming community of Cornet, they work to make a new home while surviving disasters and adapting to the adventures of rural life. Pauline befriends a young man in the Civilian Conservation Corps and seeks to unravel his mysterious past. The story ends with the celebration of the bridge dedication in 1935. 





A Quest for Tears by Sean Dwyer - When his small Honda is rear-ended by a much larger vehicle (traveling at 55 miles per hour), the Honda is demolished and while the small car's owner manages to walk away, he suffers extensive brain injury. His struggle to regain memory, sense of smell, vision without the aide of dark glasses, life without headaches, and the ability to cry, lasts several years. In that time the author of A Quest for Tears joins a large group of people also suffering from traumatic brain injury as they move together through a long and painful struggle to regain life "before" the loss of tears.