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New Wayne Johnston novel uplifting coming-of-age story


September 16, 2020

There are few names as ordinary as Bill Smith.

But it also happens to be the name of a truly extraordinary character familiar to readers of award-winning La Conner author Wayne Johnston.

Johnston, a retired La Conner High English teacher and former tugboat chief engineer and mate, introduced Smith in “North Fork,” his 2016 debut novel, which has since been used in classrooms between here and central California.

In “The Home Stretch,” Johnston’s new release, Smith returns as the narrator in a page-turning, emotionally gripping account that addresses the power of forgiveness on s...

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