Mark Pomeroy with Michael N. McGregor — 'The Tigers of Lents'

"The Tigers of Lents is a rich exploration of class, neighborhood, and, especially, the bonds-frayed, inescapable-of a family through time." —Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment


Third Place Books welcomes Mark Pomeroy to our Ravenna store! Pomeroy will be discussing his new novel, The Tigers of Lentsthe story of the Garrison family, who live in Lents, an outer neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. He'll be joined in conversation by Michael N. McGregor. This event is free and open to the public.

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About The Tigers of Lents. . .

This is the story of the Garrison family, who live in Lents, an outer neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. At the heart of it all, there are the three Garrison sisters: Sara, the eldest, a fiery soccer star on the precipice of pulling herself out of the life of poverty she’s always known; Elaine, shy and struggling with the weight she carries both physically and mentally; and Rachel, a reader and poet whose imagination stalls at trying to picture a better life.

As the Garrisons struggle to communicate with each other, as they battle self-doubts and self-sabotage, they too draw on a fierce shared strength that allows them to push back at the reality that’s been handed to them. Each Garrison fights to hold on to their dignity—often through daily acts of grace and good humor, to say nothing of quiet perseverance—and to prove to themselves and each other that they shouldn’t be underestimated.


Praise for The Tigers of Lents. . .

"The Tigers of Lents is a rich exploration of class, neighborhood, and, especially, the bonds-frayed, inescapable-of a family through time. Traveling with the Garrison sisters is an emotionally fraught and rewarding experience, deepened by detailed evocation of place and time, as well as a soundtrack that ranges from the Pet Shop Boys to Ratt to Jelly Roll Morton. I believe in these people. I worry about and hope for them."
—Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment

"It's clear that Mark Pomeroy has talent as a fiction writer and skill with language. His writing is fresh and direct. He writes very well."
—Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong

"Emotional and detailed, a slice of life and deep exploration of place, The Tigers of Lents is an exciting read you won't want to miss."
—Active Media Publishing, The Mountain Times


"Pomeroy has a keen eye for detail and a capacious understanding of integrity. Choices, setbacks, small but significant triumphs -- all are woven into this powerful story about the modern-day working class."
—Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bookmonger

Mark Pomeroy lives with his family in Portland, Oregon, where he was born and raised. In 2014 Oregon State University Press published his first novel, The Brightwood Stillness, which The Oregonian called “absorbing and humane.” He has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for Fiction, and his short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open Spaces, Portland Magazine, The Wordstock 10, NW Book Lovers, The Oregonian, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. For the past twenty-eight years he has led creative writing workshops in Portland Public Schools. University of Iowa Press will publish his second novel, The Tigers of Lents, in March of 2024.

Michael McGregor is an essayist, biographer, fiction writer, poet, journalist, editor, teacher, and writing consultant based in Seattle, WA. McGregor is professor emeritus in English and Creative Writing at Portland State University. His book Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, published in 2015 by Fordham University Press, received an Excellence in Writing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers and was a finalist for a Washington State Book Award in Biography/Memoir and a Catholic Press Association Book Award in Biography. In 2016, the American Association of University Publishers named it one of the year’s 10 best university press books in American Literature for libraries.

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