Although Alaska and Hawaii have both been official states of the United States of America for over fifty years, they are still looked at as remote and mysterious and slightly dangerous. Irving Warner has lived in both states, and his fiction reflects not only his deep understanding of these places but also his sincere love and respect for them. In these remarkable stories, Warner introduces his readers to these very different lands.
“The strength of ‘The Lost River Trilogy’ is its realism. It is easy to imagine these characters through the author’s mastery of description. Also, unusual is ‘The Bridge’ connecting these two trilogies. ‘The Island Trilogy’ brings up how humans relate to each other, to their environment and the fluidness of time. In a writing style resembling John Steinbeck, these stories are masterly woven and interact much like the two states themselves. The people’s stories in CROSSING THE WATER are what make this collection both unusual and exceptional.” -Teri Davis
Irving Warner, writer, harmonica artist, retired fish and game biologist, and retired college professor was born in Modesto, California in 1941. He moved to Alaska in 1964 where he stayed until 1996. During that time he worked in fisheries research, with a brief tenure in sea bird studies. Switching careers at the age of 40, he moved into community college teaching, teaching at Kodiak College, University of Alaska, Anchorage system, until 1996 when he took early retirement and took up full time writing. He moved to Washington state in 1996 and then on to Hawaii. He has since moved back to Washington.
Also from Pleasure Boat Studio: In Memory of Hawks, and Other Stories from Alaska (1998); Wagner, Descending: The Wrath of the Salmon Queen (2002); The historical novel The War Journal of Lila Ann Smith (2007)