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The Hummingbird: A Novel


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Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. During his more than twenty years as a journalist, he has won numerous awards, including the Brechner Center's Freedom of Information Award, the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment, and the George Polk Award. He is the author of The Curiosity, his first novel, and two nonfiction books. He lives in Vermont with his two sons.


"This many-faceted, thought-provoking story prompts soul-searching about life, war, and death." -- Booklist "Remarkably touching, insightful and timely... bridges several powerful stories of life and death that explore the cost of courage and the true meaning of heroism... Illuminating, uplifting and ultimately redemptive." -- RT Book Reviews, 4.5 stars "The Hummingbird is a novel that shares its unexpected gifts and teaches us that surrender is a part of love, and that giving away our weapons is the first step to peace." -- Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace "Stephen Kiernan writes with surefooted mastery and patience. ...What thrilled me about The Hummingbird is that I learned again that sometimes an unbridgeable chasm can be crossed by a leap of the imagination." -- Peter Heller, author of The Painter and The Dog Stars Praise for The Curiosity:"[THE CURIOSITY] poses provocative questions about life and humanity." -- Entertainment Weekly on THE CURIOSITY "[A]mbitious ... an emotionally satisfying and brisk narrative ... [T]his is a gripping novel with a clever conceit." -- Publishers Weekly on THE CURIOSITY "I absolutely loved THE CURIOSITY. It's as thought-provoking and powerful as FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON and the writing is breathtakingly beautiful. And that ending? Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect." -- Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of The Light in the Ruins and Midwives "If you want your beach read to deliver some goose bumps, snag Stephen P. Kiernan's The Curiosity. In this romantic thriller, a man who's been buried in Arctic ice for over a century is reanimated, with shocking results." -- Good Housekeeping "One of the year's great delights... [A] beautifully made first work of fiction." -- Alan Cheuse, NPR "Stephen P. Kiernan's novel is a marvelous blend of sci-fi, romance, and the tug-of-war between science and ethics." -- Parade on THE CURIOSITY "Summer is dominated with thrilling books, but if you prefer yours more measured, more touching and decidedly more thought-provoking, this one may satisfy your curiosity." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune on THE CURIOSITY "Stephen P. Kiernan's The Curiosity is a true page-turner, mixing cutting edge science with an all-too-human love story, while simultaneously taking on the Big Questions. It's one of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heart and start it again." -- Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage "[A] smart, heady, and irresistable science thriller...Kiernan gets every element right in teh breakneck, entertaining and thought-provoking taleabout time, mortality, the ethics of science, and the meaning of life." -- Booklist (starred review) on THE CURIOSITY

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