Author Tim Johnston stops by The Book Cellar to read from his adult debut book, Descent.
While the main plot point of Descent is ripped from the headlines—the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl out for a morning run—the telling of the story, particularly how the girl’s disappearance affects each family member, is rendered with exquisite psychological depth and in crystalline prose. And the portrait of each of these family member’s trials, as well as the mystery of what happened to Caitlin, the missing girl, is matched by a stunning setting: the Rocky Mountains, which are as menacing as they are awe-inspiring.
Tim Johnston is the author of the story collection Irish Girl and the 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. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2011-12 he was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow at The George Washington University, and he currently teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Memphis.