In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in the woods. Stephen, a pastor, is at home on the eve of his mother's funeral, thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long-dead wife. And like his grandfather, Stephen is forced to confront the losses of his past. Touch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou, where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summer.
About the Author
Alexi Zentner's first novel, Touch, is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and a Knopf New Face of Fiction pick. He is the winner of the 2008 Narrative Prize and 2008 O. Henry Prize, and his fiction has been featured in The Atlantic, Tin House, and more. He was born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and two daughters.
Norman Dietz is a writer, actor, and solo performer. He is the author of the comic novel Nailing It, as well as two collections of his work. Norman has also performed frequently on radio and television, and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Praise for Touch…
Starred Review. "...Zentner's elegant prose keeps the story buoyant." - Publishers Weekly
"Dietz artfully portrays the conglomerate of various characters...Appropriate pacing allows listeners to savor...this enthralling debut..." - Booklist
"...vivid and thrilling, interspersed with sudden chilling moments of horror...Zentner’s flawless, fluid execution allows central moments of life, death, and love to layer into a haunting accumulation. Teens will be attracted to the adventure, passion, tragedy, horror, mystery, and the tales of men who live life to the fullest." - School Library Journal, "Adults Book for Teens"
"...reads like a work of art...sad, startling, disturbing, beautiful, powerful and deeply tender..." - Winnipeg Free Press
"...an interesting read...Alexi Zentner has written a wonderful first novel that evokes a rugged wilderness in vivid detail..." - Women's Post
"A sublime haunting, a rippin yarn, and a killer debut." - J. Robert Lennon, author of Castle
"Touch is one of those rare novels that simultaneously takes hold of both your imagination and your heart and does not let go...It's a gem of a book." - Aryn Kyle, author of The God of Animals
"Touch is...full of images so beautiful and strange that they are haunting. Touch more than delivers on the promise of its title: long after the last page, you will still be in its grip." - Josh Weil, author of The New Valley
"Touch is a stunning and provocative debut. Zentner mines the human heart to blend humor with tragedy, myth with reality, addicting his audience to a world as uplifting as it is brutal." - Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife