I recently began reading Jonathan Raban’s Waxwings, a novel set in Seattle at the height of the dotcom craze. The pulse of Seattle’s boom-or-bust culture is embodied in the three characters around which the novel revolves: Tom Janeway, a creative writing professor in charge of managing a literary endowment from a weathy online entrepeneur; Janeway’s wife Beth, a copywriter for a thriving dotcom startup whose options have recently vested; and Chink, an illegal Chinese immigrant struggling to survive in a city where the Haves are richer than ever. Seattle is a place I’ve always wanted to visit, so I look forward to seeing how Raban interweaves these three characters’ stories against the backdrop of a city that surged on the crest of online success.