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Edward Cohen

Environmental activist EDWARD STONE COHEN (1937–1999) and his wife Fritzi divided their time between their homes and the small, unique hotels they owned and operated in Washington, DC, and Nahcotta, Washington. The two settings represented the two interrelated poles of Cohen’s personality: his commitment to social change and political activism, and his delight in the wonders of the natural world. A born storyteller, with a scabrous sense of humor and a lifelong fascination in the interconnections between words and ideas, Cohen had been working for years at the time of his death on the “green” novel that he left behind as Firewater.




Life is teetering on the edge of the apocalypse in and around the tiny Washington State coastal community that occupies the center of Firewater, a posthumously released, brutally funny environmental suspense novel.