Join Portland area author Brian K Friesen as we celebrate the release of his debut novel At the Waterline. One windy night on the Willamette River, a young man with romantic notions of a sailing life crashes his boat into a railroad bridge, nearly killing his wife. Divorced, ashamed, and haunted by the tragedy, he tries to leave the river behind, only to be drawn back years later. At a ramshackle marina north of Portland, he lives and works among a motley assortment of houseboat dwellers and liveaboards, each with their own story and their own reasons to distrust or embrace a newcomer who can't quite commit to being one of them.
For several years, Brian Friesen called his sailboat home. He worked in various Portland-area marinas along the Columbia River, cultivating his reality of gritty community life upon the river. No longer muddied up on a sailboat, Brian has shifted his perspective of river life to a home along the Tualatin, outside Portland, OR with his wife and two children.