When a pair of human bones are dug up on Tina and Trixie’s commune, the Portland community is in an uproar about who the bones belong to: the local Native Americans or to Science for further study. Somehow the bones are connected to Oregon’s early history, of two best friends, Cookie and Henry, early Oregon settlers, who travel to China for an illegal business deal.
Jonathan Raymond’s Half-Life weaves together two stories of friendship and loss. Raymond’s details of the Pacific Northwest wilderness are lush and evocative. His pictures of relationships are adept and endearing. Find the book here.