“I started this book Friday night and was sorry I’d made any other plans for the weekend.” -Julie W.
What could be better than a literary thriller? Especially on cold, rainy weekend – the kind the Austin skies have been showing us lately. Desecnt is a book that gripped us from the first page, not only for its riveting plot – a girl goes missing in the Colorado Rockies while on family vacation – but for Johnston’s brilliant sentences. As Julie W., who first read the book here, said, “I find myself sucking in my breath and reading sentences over again for their rhythm, their lift, their startling beauty.” This book will make you want to stop everything and read.
We aren’t the only ones who have fallen in love with Descent. NPR’s Alan Cheuse gave it a glowing review in NPR, saying, “My heart’s still pounding even now as I’m trying to describe the novel, recalling just about every turn and twist of the action, remembering how engaged I was, and how surprised I felt at just how far Johnston could wander from the main premise and still keep me with him.”
Booksellers around the country also raved obsessively over this novel:
“Descent is, indeed, is that rara avis: a truly literary thriller. This is a page turner of the highest order. And Tim Johnston is an author who has my full attention.” -Emily Crowe, The Odyssey Bookshop
“I loved Descent! Johnston deftly leads you on various wild goose chases and just when you think you know what is happening, something far more sinister is revealed.” -Lucy Kogler, Talking Leaves Bookshop
Tim Johnston is the author of the novel Descent, the story collectionIrish Girl, and the Young Adult novel Never So Green. Published in 2009, the stories of 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.