Agent: Janet Silver
Michael Byers is the author of the story collection The Coast of Good Intentions and the novels Long for This World and Percival's Planet (Holt). The Coast of Good Intentions won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Whiting Writers' Award, and it was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Among other honors, Long for This World was a New York Times Notable Book. He is Associate Professor in the graduate creative writing MFA Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
The Coast of Good Intentions
By Michael Byers | Mariner Books, 1998
Michael Byers's award-winning collection The Coast of Good Intentions tells graceful tales of achingly unresolved lives on the Pacific Northwest coast. Byers captures the lives of ferry workers, carpenters, park rangers, and adolescents leaving home, against a backdrop of crab factories, cranberry bogs, the fog-shrouded shore, and the Seattle skyline. A poignant debut collection, these stories are "richly peopled with compelling characters whose wisdom and experiences span the generations" (San Jose Mercury News).