The O'Henry Prize winner presents his bestselling debut, a literary crime thriller set in the Rocky Mountains.
The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, a young family from the plains taking a last summer vacation before their daughter begins college. For eighteen-year-old Caitlin, the mountains loom as the ultimate test of her runner’s heart, while her parents hope that so much beauty, so much grandeur, will somehow repair a damaged marriage. But when Caitlin and her younger brother, Sean, go out for an early morning run and only Sean returns, the mountains become as terrifying as they are majestic, as suddenly this family find themselves living the kind of nightmare they’ve only read about in headlines or seen on TV.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
TIM JOHNSTON is the author of the debut adult novel Descent,
the story collection Irish Girl,
and the young adult novel Never So Green.
Published in 2009, the stories in Irish Girl
won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters
Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. In 2005 the title story, "Irish Girl," was included in the David Sedaris anthology of favorites Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules.
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. He currently teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Memphis.