Distant Sons: An In-Store Discussion with Tim Johnston

We are excited to host an evening with bestselling author Tim Johnston to discuss his new thrilling suspense novel, Distant Sons. This beautifully wrought, twisty, and bone-chilling mystery vividly brings to life the story of a small Wisconsin town reckoning with the unsolved crime of its past, the disappearances of three young boys in the 1970s, and the two newcomers who upset its fragile peace. Evocative and gritty, Distant Sons is a gripping story about how the most random intersection of lives can have consequences both devastating and beautiful.

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More About the Book: What if? What if Sean Courtland’s old Chevy truck had broken down somewhere else? What if he’d never met Denise Givens, a tavern waitress being stalked by her jealous ex? Or Dan Young, another young drifter, who has fled Minnesota for reasons unknown? Instead, Sean and Dan, two well-intentioned young handymen who often find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, become fast friends. Their lives quickly intertwine after they pick up work renovating the home of the town’s elderly outcast, Marion Devereaux. Sean is simultaneously drawn into the lives of Denise and her father, and of the townspeople. And marking their movements is Detective Corrine Viegas, the sharp and determined cop whose drive to seek justice derives from the failure of her father, a former cop himself, to find the boys when they went missing decades ago. Over the course of just a few weeks, an irreversible chain of events culminates in shattering violence and the revelation of long-buried truths.

Allen Eskens, bestselling author of The Life We Bury, says, "Tim Johnston’s Distant Sons is the kind of novel that inspires writers like me to want to step up our game. His prose is both elegant and raw, with characters so real you want to sit down and have a beer with them. Mr. Johnston is a writer with a gift, and if you haven’t had the pleasure to read him, I highly recommend picking up this book."

More About the Author: Tim Johnston is the author of the novels DescentThe Current, the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the recipient of the 2015 Iowa Author Award and currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.




Event date: 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

The Book Stall
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
Distant Sons By Tim Johnston Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643753591
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Algonquin Books - October 17th, 2023

The paths of two young men collide and spark unexpected violence in a Wisconsin town where three boys went missing in the 1970s in this "intricate, haunting novel" (Michael Koryta, author of An Honest Man).

What if?

What if Sean Courtland’s old Chevy truck had broken down somewhere else?