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The Indian Shirt Story

An Irresistible Novel of the Pacific Northwest

“Northwest readers, you will not want to miss this book. You like Sherman Alexie? You like Maria Semple? You like Jonathan Evison? You will love Heather Lockman.”

— Lauren Danner, Northwest Historian and author of Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park

“Charming, lovely, funny and sad.”

— Portland Book Review

“[S]tarts out blithely, with a dash of snarky charm…delivers plenty of entertainment value with thoughtful social commentary.”

— Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bookmonger


A brew pub, a historic house, trouble with the local American Indian community, and unexpected attention from the biggest country music star ever to come out of Nashville. It’s going to be a tough summer for Bess in the free-thinking, left-leaning, soy-eating, fish-loving town of Port Heron.

American mythologies collide in a novel from the Pacific Northwest that’s part love story, part modern politics, and part historical saga. Sharply observed but big-hearted, it’s also a whole lot of fun.

Available from Amazon and select bookshops in Olympia, Washington—a town very much like Port Heron.