Madison House: A Novel

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Hawthorne Books, Dec 13, 2013 - Fiction - 528 pages
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PETER DONAHUE’S DEBUT NOVEL MADISON HOUSE, which won the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction 2005, chronicles turn-of-the-century Seattle’s explosive transformation from frontier outpost to major metropolis. Maddie Ingram, owner of Madison House, and her quirky and endearing boarders find their lives inextricably linked when the city decides to re-grade Denny Hill and the fate of Madison House hangs in the balance--Maddie’s albino handyman and furtive love interest, a muckraking black journalist who owns and publishes the Seattle Sentry newspaper, and an aspiring stage actress forced into prostitution and morphine addiction while working in the city’s corrupt vaudeville theater, all call Madison House home. Had E.L. Doctorow and Charles Dickens met on the streets of Seattle, they couldn’t have created a better book.

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Clyde About 11903
Upon the Hill 11904
Finding Home 11905
The Photographer 11905
Part 2
Up from Tacoma 11905
Council Adjourned 11905
Part 3
Durka in Pioneer Place 11907
The Great Author 11907
Luna Park 11907
Imogen 1907
System 11908
endin u tials 1908
Release from all 1909

Reading 119051906
Alleys 11906
Modern Seattle 11907
Regrading 11907
A House Fallen 1909
At Home Afloat 11909

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John Trombold is an independent scholar who has taught at several regional institutions, and is now teaching at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He is co-editor of Reading Seattle: The City in Prose.

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