Jim Lynch’s Before the Wind Now On Order

October 22, 2015

Though it is six months pre-publication and Jim Lynch is not currently on our new and improved standing order list, we are going ahead with an order for Before the Wind, which comes out next April.  I’m about 50 pages into the digital ARC and so far have been struck with the wry observational humor, the strong characters, and just enough gently introduced nautical terminology to invite the reader inside the story and into the family, all in a local setting. The publisher annotation promises “a heart shattering revelation.”   I think it will be big with our readers, especially if they’re into sailing or like reading Bohjalian or Picoult…or Lynch for that matter.  Sorry I don’t have a print ARC but Edelweiss has the digital if you wanted to request.  Truth Like the Sun, the 2012 Lynch title that coincided with the World’s Fair anniversary and was a Nysether Fund selection that year, has circulated over 1000 times.

Publisher Annotation from Baker & Taylor:

Before the Wind

Joshua Johannssen has spent all of his thirty-one years among sailboats. His grandfather designed them, his father built and raced them, his mother knows why and how they work (or not). For Josh and his two siblings, their backyard was the Puget Sound and sailing their DNA. But both his sister and brother fled many years ago: Ruby to Africa and elsewhere to do good works on land, and Bernard to god-knows-where at sea, a fugitive and pirate. Now pushing thirty, Josh–who repairs boats of all kinds in a Steinbeckian marina south of Seattle–is still pained by whatever it was that went wrong with his damn family. But when the Johannssens unexpectedly reunite for the most important race in these waters–all of them together on a historic vessel they made decades ago–they will be carried to destinies both individual and collective, and to a heart-shattering revelation. Past and present merge seamlessly and collide surprisingly as Jim Lynch reveals a family unlike any other with the grace and humor and magic of a master storyteller.



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