The Preservationist -

Justin Kramon

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A page-turning psychological thriller from the ''talented young'' author of Finny (Boston Globe)

To Sam Blount, meeting Julia is the best thing that has ever happened to him. -- Working at the local college and unsuccessful in his previous relationships, he'd been feeling troubled about his approaching fortieth birthday, ''a great beast of a birthday,'' as he sees it, but being with Julia makes him feel young and hopeful. Julia Stilwell, a freshman trying to come to terms with a recent tragedy that has stripped her of her greatest talent, is flattered by Sam's attention. But their relationship is tested by a shy young man with a secret, Marcus Broley, who is also infatuated with Julia. -- Told in alternating points of view, The Preservationist is the riveting tale of Julia and Sam's relationship, which begins to unravel as the threat of violence approaches and Julia becomes less and less sure whom she can trust.

From the Author: The Baltimore-born author Justin Kramon's supporting characters are so quirky and funny, you'd swear they were drawn from real life. There's the landfill operator who shows a visitor a photograph of a hatchet-faced woman in her 60s and then complains that no one understands the burden of having a pretty wife. And there's the big-bellied, bearded lodge owner who's secretly addicted to online shopping. The landfill operator and lodge owner provide comic relief in "The Preservationist," a psychological thriller in which the three main characters explore different ways to cope with loss. The novel is a classic romantic triangle that alternates the point of view between Julia, a troubled college freshman, and Marcus and Sam, her two increasingly untrustworthy suitors.

You're a thirty-something guy. Why do both of your books have teenage girls as their main characters?
Basically, I'm a young woman in disguise. I'm lightly joking, but I've always been drawn to books by women and about women. People talk about male writers as being interested in politics, war and global issues. When people refer to women's fiction — and I don't believe in that label — they're talking about books dealing with relationships, psychology and family, which is the stuff I'm interested in.

What inspired you to write "The Preservationist"?
I started "The Preservationist" in 2011 during a year when I was reading a lot of thrillers. I had lost a couple of people that year, and I began experiencing a kind of grayness and flatness while I was reading the domestic fiction that I had loved for a long time. These thrillers kind of opened me back up to reading fiction. It's funny — if you're having a hard time in your life, you'd think you'd want to read not-dark stuff. You'd think you'd want to escape. But one way people cope with darkness is to move toward darkness. It speaks to one reason thrillers have maintained their popularity for such a long time. So I thought I'd write a book about what it's like for a young woman dealing with family issues and loss.

Was it difficult to channel a teenage girl's voice?

The way I deal with life is to angle it through a character to get some perspective rather than being confessional. There are some advantages to writing in the voice of someone who is a little bit different from you. In real life, your face is right against the canvas. Going back and forth between different characters allows you to get some of the distance you can't get in the real world. When you're a little different from the character, if you share a few traits, it's like having a backyard that's adjacent to someone else's yard. There's a border that you can touch. When you think about how someone else's experience intersects with yours, that common ground is the landscape of fiction. 

George Eliot said that the purpose of fiction is to expand sympathy. Books don't save the world, but ideas can make you more human.

mary.mccauley@baltsun.com

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