Tim Jollymore on "Listener in the Snow"
Tim Jollymore's debut novel explores struggles of identity in multicultural and multi-racial society from the viewpoint of the working class. These contests play out in spare, natural settings and every day domestic life. The storyteller and main character of the novel, Tatty Langille, returns to his estranged Ojibwa wife's childhood home in northern Minnesota and uncovers a trail of haunting memories, dark fears, and a mystical "bear-man" who may be a clue to Tatty's enlightenment. The novel not only explores issues of self-identity and ancestral ties, but larger philosophical questions of metaphysical naturalism.
Tim Jollymore grew up alongside the forests and Indian reservations of northern Minnesota, and earned his master's degree in literature at the University of Minnesota. After migrating to California, taught English until his retirement in 2011.