Bonnie Jo Campbell | The Waters

Join us Thursday, June 20th, at 7 p.m. for An Evening with Bonnie Jo Campbell in celebration of her newest book The Waters. She will be in conversation with Steve Amick, author of You Shall See the Beautiful Things.

Mark your calendars for this ticketed in-store event! Wine & Cheese will be served. Purchase a copy of the book for a free ticket into the event, or tickets cost just $10, and you will receive a $10 discount off the purchase of the book at the event. RSVP by emailing events@mcleanandeakin.com with the number of people in your party or by calling 231.347.1180

About the Books:

The Waters - On an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp—an area known as “The Waters” to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan—herbalist and eccentric Hermine “Herself” Zook has healed the local women of their ailments for generations. As stubborn as her tonics are powerful, Herself inspires reverence and fear in the people of Whiteheart, and even in her own three estranged daughters. The youngest—the beautiful, inscrutable, and lazy Rose Thorn—has left her own daughter, eleven-year-old Dorothy “Donkey” Zook, to grow up wild.

Donkey spends her days searching for truths in the lush landscape and in her math books, waiting for her wayward mother and longing for a father, unaware that family secrets, passionate love, and violent men will flood through the swamp and upend her idyllic childhood. Rage simmers below the surface of this divided community, and those on both sides of the divide have closed their doors against the enemy. The only bridge across the waters is Rose Thorn.

With a “ruthless and precise eye for the details of the physical world” (Jane Smiley, New York Times Book Review), Bonnie Jo Campbell presents an elegant antidote to the dark side of masculinity, celebrating the resilience of nature and the brutality and sweetness of rural life.

You Shall See the Beautiful Things - In the fishing village of Scheveningen in 1889, three men build and secretly launch an unorthodox fishing vessel, departing from the long tradition of netting herring using massive boats and large crews. Collaborating in this venture are Wyn van Winkel, a cavalier joker and opium addict currently AWOL from the Aceh War in Sumatra; Ned Nodder, a seasoned fisherman trying to support his family while plagued by narcolepsy and prophetic dreams; and Luuk Blenkin, a scattered young troubadour failing at love and searching for his place in the world.

As formally innovative as the “picarooner” this mismatched trio construct, the narrative lifts off into the fantastical, flitting between reality and irreality. Sparked by lines of the “Dutch lullaby,” the inexplicable adventure unfolds—and along the way, we learn of Wyn’s romantic recklessness, his broken relationship with his father, and the tragedies of war that scarred and changed him. We witness Ned’s unconventional path toward matrimony, as well as the painful loss that made his marriage a true union. We follow Luuk’s fumblings for purpose and fulfillment beyond the disgrace that befell his family and marred both his outlook and his prospects.

In the spirit of a nocturne, Steve Amick envelops his characters in the world of night and dreams. Lyrical, historical, surprising, magical, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, You Shall See the Beautiful Things will make readers look at the stars—and herring—in a new light.

About the Authors:

Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of six works of fiction, including American Salvage, finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Once Upon a River, a national bestseller. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, AWP's Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, and a Pushcart Prize, she lives outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, with donkeys.

Steve Amick is the author of the novels Nothing But a Smile and The Lake, the River & the Other Lake. His work has appeared in Playboy, McSweeney's, Zoetrope, Southern Review, Story, Michigan Quarterly Review, Cincinnati Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on NPR. Amick has taught as part of MFA programs at Northwestern University and Pacific University. He lives in Michigan.

 

Event date: 
Thursday, June 20, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
307 E. Lake Street
Petoskey, MI 49770
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The Waters: A Novel By Bonnie Jo Campbell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393248432
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 9th, 2024

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ISBN: 9781946724595
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Published: Acre Books - May 26th, 2023

Envisioned as a “nocturne,” Steve Amick’s playful, multilayered novel expansively retells Eugene Field’s famed verse “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.”

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ISBN: 9780393353266
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 4th, 2016

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Once Upon a River: A Novel By Bonnie Jo Campbell Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393341775
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 4th, 2012

"A demonstration of outstanding skills on the river of American literature." —Entertainment Weekly


American Salvage By Bonnie Jo Campbell Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393339192
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 14th, 2009

Finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in Fiction
Finalist for the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction
“These short stories approach their subjects from an array of perspectives, but what they share is freshness, surprise, and a compulsion to plumb some absolute extremes of American existence.”—National Book Award citation


Q Road: A Novel By Bonnie Jo Campbell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780743203661
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Published: Scribner - August 19th, 2003

The debut novel from the National Book Award-nominated author of American Salvage and The Waters—A Today Show Read with Jenna Book Club Pick!

Greenland Township, Michigan: On the same acres where farmers once displaced Potawatomi Indians, suburban developers now supplant farmers and prefab homes spring up in last year's cornfields.