Native mojo and a windigo vision stir up a storm of adventure. The struggle between domestic commitment and deceit plays out through Tatty Langille, the Mi’kmaq storyteller.
His path to save his marriage is anything but typical—events explode in surreal settings, through winter storms, and during tavern brawls in rural Minnesota, weaving Native culture with odd Scandinavian characters.
Tatty believes his Mary goes north to midwife a cousin’s twins, but her sudden renewed contact with those far off stinks with suspicion. When family secrets, Ojibwe myth, and murder fuel surprises and twists in Tatty's search, he is left only with questions.
Is Mary the wife he believed her to be? Did her wild rages point to a hidden past? Has Tatty lived a lie? Should he run? Can he out-distance his denial and his own buried past? After uncovering Mary's identity, what will he do?
Winner - Best Fiction
Silver Medal - Best Fiction (Mid-west)
Legacy Fiction finalist
Listener in the Snow: A Novel, Tim Jollymore, Finns Way Books - In this riveting tale of the north, the author weaves unfamiliar and diverse strands to craft a surprisingly suspenseful and intriguing novel. The bitter cold of northern Minnesota, the solitary ice fisherman lodged in his darkling hut, the heritage and ambivalence of the Algonquin peoples as they mingle, often tragically, with the rest of us, the contrast of a comfortable busy life in Pensacola to a simple pure one in the forested north--these and other elements flow naturally into the story. The book is temporally layered, told retrospectively as a tale recounted in an ice house to a brother-in-law on frozen Thief Lake. It is intellectually layered as the author moves about seamlessly from simple story, to existential reflection, to gripping, totemistic Algonquin spirituality. Best of all it is a very human story as a secret past unhinges Tatty and Mary's marriage and carries them on a journey unexpected and dreadful.
The US Review of Books on occasion of Listener's recognition at the Eric Hoffer Awards, June 1, 2017