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The Crows of Beara Paperback – September 1, 2017
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"As Johnson's wounded, good-hearted characters sort inner truths along the mystical Irish coast, the personal decisions and missteps they make have consequences that reach around the world. A captivating tale of our yearning to belong and the importance of following this ancient call." --Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy and The Art of Falling
"Like Ireland itself, The Crows of Beara pulls at something deep inside the reader and won't let go. In this captivating and thoughtful novel, the enchantment of Ireland heals two damaged souls and reminds all of us that no matter how dark life may be at times, there is always hope." --Kelli Estes, USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
"You don't have to love rain or Guinness or wild, windswept coasts to be seduced by the delicate intermingling of Irish mythology, environmentalism, and love that are entangled at the heart of this novel; the juxtaposition with darker, harder truths of grief and addiction create a rich and reflective resonance. From France to Ireland, across centuries and oceans...where will this author take us next?" --Jenny Williams, author of The Atlas of Forgotten Places
"Julie Christine Johnson swept me away from the first page. 'It is that nervous time between seasons, when chill winds skirr across faces upturned to the sun.' How can one stop reading after this? Johnson incorporates the beauty of the Beara Peninsula with such exquisite language that I wanted to fly off to Ireland immediately and hike the Beara Way. Annie Crowe is that memorable character--flawed but vulnerable--who fails in fits and starts but engages the reader with her desire to rediscover life. Johnson writes with her pulse on the heart of the people who fly off the page. When she introduces Daniel, aching and shamed, she does not fall into sentimentality. Opting for truth, she creates depth, even when reaching back into Gaelic mythology to prove her point. Johnson writes music on the page with words. She is a lush writer who does not turn away from the heart. " --Julie Maloney, poet, author, director of Women Reading Aloud
"In this important novel, Julie Christine Johnson brings together a remote peninsula in the west of Ireland with environmental issues that threaten a local community and its attachment to the landscape...Written in a lyrical voice with honesty and authority on the environment, addiction and recovery, and the magic of the Irish landscape, The Crows of Beara is a passionate story of one woman's recovery of her soul." --Christine Breen, author of Her Name Is Rose and O Come Ye Back to Ireland (with Niall Williams)
"The Crows of Beara takes the age-old question of whether a book's setting can be a character one step further by proving that it can be an emotion. Ireland is longing. Daniel is the lure. And Annie -- well, she's something special. A sumptuous book through and through." --Scott Wilbanks, award-winning author of The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
"Haunting, hopeful, and transporting. You'll sink into this story of loss and redemption and be carried away from the very first page." --Kelly Simmons, international selling author of One More Day and The Fifth of July
About the Author
Julie Christine Johnson's short stories and essays have appeared in journals including Emerge Literary Journal, Mud Season Review, Cirque: A Literary Journal of the North Pacific Rim, Cobalt, and River Poets Journal; in the print anthologies Stories for Sendai; Up, Do: Flash Fiction by Women Writers; and Three Minus One: Stories of Love and Loss; and have been featured on the flash fiction podcast No Extra Words. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and psychology and a master's in international affairs. Named a "standout debut" by Library Journal, "very highly recommended" by Historical Novels Review, and "delicate and haunting, romantic and mystical" by bestselling author Greer Macallister, Julie's debut novel In Another Life (Sourcebooks) went into a second printing three days after its February 2016 release. A hiker, yogi, and swimmer, Julie makes her home in northwest Washington state.
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