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The Lost Coast

The Lost Coast

A Novel

Steven Nightingale

St. Martin's Press

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There are places of sure enchantment: Nevada's Great Basin - the classic Western high desert - is one of them. It's a wilderness, with good bars in little towns far out in the long quiet valleys. In one of those bars, in the town of Eureka, in the middle of a spring day when the light runs sweet seven people meet: Cookie, a cowgirl and fry-cook; Chiara, a professor on the run; her sixteen-year-old saucy daughter Izzy; the painter, Renato. There is also Juha, a contractor strong as a horse, but blushingly shy; Muscovado, a Jamaican journalist; and Ananda, a securities attorney - blond, logical, delicious.
They meet as is inevitable. And so tasty is the whisky, so compelling the twilight, they band together for a journey to the legendary Lost Coast of northern California. Like all such trips, it is not just a moving through the gift-giving wilderness, not just a series of visits to remote settlements; it is also a journey of the soul. Delightful and entertaining, The Lost Coast is a sexy and highly literate novel that has attracted critical acclaim.

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The Lost Coast

PART 1
EUREKA TO DOWNIEVILLE
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COOKIE--COWGIRL, line cook, wife--strode into her kitchen and, standing straight and happy, strung a beautiful arrow in her hunting bow. She aimed it...

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Steven Nightingale

Steven Nightingale is the author of two novels and five books of sonnets. A native Nevadan, he now divides his time between his home state, the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, and Granada, in southern Spain.
Among his interests are the wild country of the American West, medieval Islamic and Italian art, beekeeping, astronomy, and long-simmered wine sauce.

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