I think this is the best book by Springfield, Oregon’s own Ken Kesey---he himself called it the best thing he’d ever write---despite how well-known One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer named Sometimes a Great Notion as the “best northwest novel.” This story of the wild-spirited Stamper clan and their family rivalries in the midst of a bitter lumber strike is gritty, bold, and haunting, and successfully captures the rainy magic of the Oregon coast.

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