Tim Johnston is the authorof the novel Descent, the story collection Irish 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.
Genres: Mystery, Literary Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Irish Girl (2009)
Tim Johnston recommends
An Honest Man (2023)
"A macabre ghost ship adrift off the coast of Maine, a nest of islanders bristling with dark history, an ex-con/prodigal son and a lone cop allied against a depraved criminal network, a boy on the run from violence who must shelter a young woman who seems to have emerged from the sea itself - all woven together so deftly, and with such intensity of feeling, that the reader must simply hang on as the waves keep coming - and man do they come. An Honest Man is one hell of a ride, and Michael Koryta is a master at the helm."
Silent Winds, Dry Seas (2021)
"This story of one young man's heart-wrenchingand often hilariousjourney from a colonial island steeped in ancient culture and customs to 1970's Connecticut, is rendered in a voice so wholly authenticso wryly observant, so quietly intelligent and poetic, so intensely alivethat you cannot say at what point you have become completely addicted to it, only that you have. Busjeet's narrator, Vishnu, is a bona fide literary creation, and Silent Winds, Dry Seas feels like discovery: wonderfully fresh and new at the outset, profoundly accomplished and wise in the end. You will not forget the experience of the first time you read this brilliant novel."
You Were Made for This (2018)
The Dark Path
"You Were Made For This is a thrilling literary fairytale from which you can't escape, not even after you've found your way back to the light of day. The warning is right there in the novel's epigraph: 'You must always go carefully into the dark Swedish woods.' And then in you go, forgetting to leave bread crumbs behind you, until soon you are lost in Sacks' fascinating domestic dreamscape, a dark and deceptive place where old wounds, secrets, and the seeds of violence are cooked up and jarred and stowed in plain sight, yet fill your heart with dread at every turn."
The Brightest Sun (2018)
"This novel transported me from my safe little house in Iowa to a place where lions and hyenas prowl, where blood soaks into the parched earth and where a seedling can consume a living tree and become its own hollow tree with space enough for a grown woman to crawl into. The book throbs with descriptions of the natural world that are so beautifully wrought that their thematic significance seems essential and, at some extra-sensory level, magical. And yet what's most exciting about this story is how, in the midst of so much beauty and wildness and violence-at the dark and quiet center of it, you might say-Benson illuminates human emotion and psychology with such accuracy that you are brought home again, almost dizzily, to your own recognizable heart. That is beautiful storytelling, and this is a beautiful novel."
Watch Me Disappear (2017)
"This is a story you simply don’t want to end - but then, lord, what an ending!"
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