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David Guterson


Guterson was born in Seattle in 1956, the son of a well-known criminal defence lawyer. He studied under the writer Charles Johnson at the University of Washington, where he got an M.A. He moved to Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound, where he taught high school English.. He also wrote for Sport’s Illustrated and Harper’s. He made his name with Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the 1995 Pen/Faulkner award but his later works have not received the same acclaim.

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David Guterson
New writer thanks Harper Lee for leading way
The Kingdom of Apples (article by Guterson)


1989 The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind (Stories)
1992 Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense
1994 Snow Falling on Cedars
1999 East of the Mountains
2003 Our Lady of the Forest
2008 The Other
2011 Ed King
2014 Songs for a Summons (poetry)
2014 Problems with People (stories)
2019 Turn Around Time : A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest