George Byron Wright, I Am Ned Pine
We are thrilled to welcome back our friend and neighbor George Wright, reading from his newest novel I Am Ned Pine. The book begins with a harrowing home invasion at Ashley and Ned Pine's home in Latham, Idaho. Ashley is left broken and in a coma, while Ned is left to work through his own head injuries and struggle through how this happened and who he is, who he has been, and who he will be. When an old hippie uncle offers Ned a bunk above his thrift shop in the blue-collar neighborhood of St. Johns in Portland, he balks before taking refuge among objects still of some use. In St. Johns, people accept him; one may even love him. But the question remains: Who is behind the heinous attack and why were Ashley and he singled out? The answer lies in the convoluted layers of Ned Pineʼs ordinary life. He has written it all down -- the worst six months of his life.
This is Wright's seventh novel, following the historical novels Baker City 1948, Tillamook 1952, and Roseburg 1959, and the contemporary novels Driving to Vernonia, Newport Blues, and In the Wake of Our Misdeeds. He was born in The Dalles and lived in Baker City, Tillamook, and Roseburg growing up. After a lengthy career writing professionally in the not-for-profit sector, he returned to his love of writing fiction. George and his wife live in Portland.