Peter Donahue is the author of the novels Clara and Merritt (Wordcraft of Oregon 2010) and Madison House (Hawthorne Books 2005), and the short story collection The Cornelius Arms (Missing Spoke Press 2000). He is co-editor, with John Trombold, of the anthologies Reading Seattle: The City in Prose (2004) and Reading Portland: The City in Prose (2007), and his Retrospective Review column on vintage Northwest literature appears in each issue of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, published by the Washington State Historical Society. His short stories and critical articles on American literature have appeared in numerous literary journals and scholarly periodicals.

Mr. Donahue received a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from Virginia Tech, and a PhD from Oklahoma State University. He has taught English at Sam Houston State University and Birmingham-Southern College, and since Fall 2010 he has been an English Instructor at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak in Washington State.


Madison House

  • fiction / history

A resplendent novel examining life in Seattle in the early 20th century.

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​Peter Donahue’s debut novel, Madison House, which won the 2005 Langum Prize for Historical Fiction, chronicles turn-of-the-century Seattle’s explosive transformation from frontier outpost to major metropolis. Maddie Ingram, owner of Madison House, and her quirky and endearing boarders find...Forward

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