by Justin Kramon
on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Thriller / Psychological Thriller / Women's Fiction Published by: Pegasus/Norton Publication Date: 10/15/13 Number of Pages: 288 ISBN: 978-1-60598-480-3 Purchase Links: ** Note: Explicit sexual scenes
Synopsis:To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. Working at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he’d been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, “a great beast of a birthday,” as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam’s attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia. Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam’s relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches—and Julia becomes less and less sure whom to trust.
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Author Bio:Justin Kramon is the author of the novels Finny (Random House, 2010) and The Preservationist (Pegasus, 2013). A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has received honors from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America, Best American Short Stories, the Hawthornden International Writers' Fellowship, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia.
My Opinion of The Preservationist:I really enjoyed reading The Preservationist. I was a little worried that a book with characters who were in college would be a little hard for me to relate with, but this book is written well enough that it wasn't a problem.
The characters Sam, Julia, and Marcus are interwoven into a love triangle that is so engaging, one finds themselves drawn in and cheering, cringing, and biting ones nails throughout the story, sometimes all three in one chapter! There were times that I didn't know who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. Second guessing myself is something I don't tend to do when I read, yet I found myself doing this time and again reading The Preservationist.
Justin Kramon did an excellent job writing this book. I wouldn't have known this was one of his first novels. I enjoyed The Preservationist immensely and hope to be able to read more of his work in the future.