David Guterson is the author of the novels East of the Mountains, The Other, Our Lady of the Forest, and Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award, as well as a story collection, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind, and Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense. He lives in Washington State.
"Brilliant. . . . Transcendently dark and dazzling." --The
Seattle Times "The ranks of dependably original novelists, who
create radically new worlds again and again, then delight in
tricking them up, are thin, but would certainly include Mitchell,
Nicholson Baker, Thomas Pynchon, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead
and Jonathan Lethem. . . . This is the club where high concept is
born--and with the publication of David Guterson's Ed King
it has a surprising new member." --The New York Times
"Guterson succeeds in recasting one of literature's most haunted
and vaunted tales as a plausible page-turner. . . . Compelling."
"Old stories survived millennia because they tell us about the human condition. Brave writers like Guterson can renew them." --The Oregonian
"Daring. . . . Guterson keeps [Ed King] winningly good-natured and almost farcical, all the better to teach timeless lessons about hubris, ambition, and the consequences of long-ago sins." --O, The Oprah Magazine
"Guterson takes the reader through a rollicking half-century of American hubris and gluttony." --The New York Times "A tragic and darkly funny modern myth in an omnipotent, wry voice reminiscent of Philip Roth. . . . The Greeks weren't afraid to take on God, and neither is Guterson. . . . A master storyteller." --Bookreporter.com "Guterson has managed to infuse this novel with feelings of freshness, relevance and even believability that are sure to delight 21st-century readers. A special pleasure will be experienced by those who can appreciate how the old elements have been modernized. Oedipus may not have been Guterson's to begin with, but by the end, readers will have no doubts that Ed King is a creation entirely his own." --BookPage
"[Guterson's] portraits of humanity are real, and exceedingly enjoyable to read." --San Francisco Chronicle
"A great story and a riveting read." --The Daily Mail (London) "Sharply written." --The Guardian (London) "David Guterson . . . retells one of the oldest stories we know in a way that makes you hang on every twist and turn. . . . A largely entertaining book that should add to Guterson's already glittering reputation." --The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, VA) "[Ed King] has original characters, a race to discover the truth as gripping as the denouement of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, and some insights into human relationships so sharp that they make a reader cringe." --The New York Journal of Books