An Ode to the 90's


ALWAYS is my eighth novel in the US, and ninth in the world, and today I’m making room for my newest story, in hardcover, in my Seattle bookcase–in Doc Martens, of course (which I haven’t worn since the nineties!).

In 1993, when my novel begins, I was a 16-year-old in Seattle, with a diary and a lot of dreams. I was dating a boy with a mohawk who was the lead singer of a punk rock band. When I close my eyes and let my heart go back to those years, it’s all there–ferries, thrift-shop shopping, cafe living, shows, guitar, bad poetry, young love.

There are a lot of those old ghosts in this new novel, and some new ones. I’m excited to share this story with the world on February 7!

My love, Brandon, is, very generously, throwing me a book launch party this month. It will be at an awesome spot in Pioneer Square (where ALWAYS is set), with all of our favorite people, and where a special musician will be playing songs from the novel, including a cover from Mazzy Star. It will be such a full circle moment for me–celebrating the old and the new.


  • February 11, 2017
    theresa murphy

    You new book Always was wonderful. I read cover to cover with little interuption. Thank you. I started reading your books when you first published number 1, The Violets of March. I was hooked instantly. I also love booked 2 , The Bungalow. I have recommended your books to many of my friends who also love you. Morning Glory was also a big hit. Please don’t shy away of that writing style in which I fell in love with your books. The past and the present with that mystery in between is what drew me to you. Keep writing great novels. Theresa

  • February 22, 2017
    Marie-Elena Baker

    “ALWAYS is my eighth novel in the US, and ninth in the world” , what is the “ninth” book in the world?
    I love all your books so much adn it has been so much fun to “follow” you . I have started ALWAYS and as “always” I cannot put it down! I have to ration MY pages so it won’t end quickly!
    Thank you !

  • February 22, 2017

    I haven’t read this yet, but I cannot wait. It’s on order. I graduated high school in ’93, on the East Coast. NKOTB. Bell Biv Devoe. Paula Abdul. Lots of pop and the explosion of grunge and Kurt Cobain, all my flannel shirts, and coffee-houses, and Starbucks, and I’ve wanted to visit Seattle ever since. Can’t wait to sink my teeth in and go back to the nineties… excited to read!

  • May 3, 2017
    Judy McNamara

    Have just finished the Violets of March and Bungalow. One word, Love, Love, Love. Have sat up half the night reading, who cares? I am retired! Keep them coming, wonderful reading.


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