Very sad to say that we are cancelling this evening's event due to the bitter cold. We hope to have autographed copies of Tim's great new literary thriller soon.
Tim Johnston’s debut novel, Descent, achieved that rare feat—widespread critical acclaim and a spot on the New York Times bestseller list. The Washington Post called the novel “astonishing,” the Miami Herald deemed it “unforgettable,” and Vanity Fair dubbed it a “high-wire literary thriller…that will leave you gasping.” Descent was a huge hit with Book Stall readers as well. Now, with his stunning second novel, The Current, Johnston further pushes the boundaries of his considerable literary gifts with a gripping and heartbreaking story of small town crime, of fathers and daughters, and of the complexity and fragility of our lives.
Join us for a reading, conversation, and booksigning featuring Mr. Johnston and his new work. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. We ask that you buy your books from The Book Stall if you intend on entering the book-signing queue.
In The Current, it's the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, and state troopers pull two young women and their automobile from the icy Black Root River. One is pronounced dead at the scene, while the other, Audrey Sutter, daughter of the town’s retired sheriff, survives. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years prior, and whose killer may still be among them. Determined to find answers, Audrey soon realizes that she is connected to that earlier unsolved murder by more than just a river. And as she plungers deeper into her own investigation, she begins to unearth long hidden secrets and stoke the violence simmering just below the surface of her hometown.
This hauntingly beautiful novel wraps elements of the conventional thriller with emotional depth and visceral intensity, unfolding in an elegant literary narrative. When describing the novel, Johnston says, “The Current may differ from other ‘literary suspense/crime’ novels in that it does not always offer absolute certainty or resolution or justice; nor does it race toward an ultimate confrontation between protagonist and antagonist. Instead it moves in and out of time, in and out of families, building on the wounds and obsessions of characters who, while not villains themselves, do not always act nobly or even legally. The individual currents of characters barely known to each other combine through chance and history into a single current of loss, but also love.”
In addition to Descent, Tim Johnston is the author of the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. Irish Girl won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Johnston’s stories have also appeared in New England Review, New Letters, the Iowa Review, the Missouri Review, DoubleTake, Best Life Magazine, and Narrative Magazine, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Iowa City.
"A first-rate thriller . . . Past and present merge in The Current, Tim Johnston's atmospheric, exquisitely suspenseful novel of two murders separated by ten years."
—The Washington Post
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