East of the Mountains Author:David Guterson It is mid-October, 1997, harvest tie in the Columbia Basin of central Washington State, a rich apple-and pear growing region. Ben Givens, recently widowed, is a retired surgeon, once known for his precision and endurance. He has terminal colon cancer. While Ben does not readily accept defeat, he is determined to avoid suffering rather than en... more »gage it. And so, he sets out through the mystic American West -- sage deserts, yawning canyons, dusty ranches, vast orchards -- on his last hunt.
Full of humanity, passion, and moral honesty, "East of the Mountains" is a bold and beautiful novel of personal discovery.« less