Devil’s club is mentioned very briefly in The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones, when Tara shows Connor the sights of Port Anna. “She led him to the bank, holding back thorny branches of devil’s club.” There’s really no other mention of the plant in the book, or any indication of what it is. From what […]

The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones (2016) is a pretty good book, and a great one for getting into the setting of Alaska. The title comes from one of the supporting characters, Newton Scarpe, called Newt, who is just chock full of colorful metaphors (sadder than a midget with a yo-yo; clean as a broke-dick […]

In The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones, the old Tlingit man, Betteryear, teaches the protagonist Tara to gather wild mushrooms and other items, which they use to make a meal together. There are some beautiful passages from this part of the book, describing the food and how it is made, which really bring the setting […]

As I read The Alaskan Laundry by Brendan Jones, I came to a wonderful passage about a meal that Tara and the old Tlingit man, Betteryear, make from the wild mushrooms they have gathered. I realized that this was an example of the kind of detail that makes the setting of a book real–much as […]