• Hardcover: 448 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (July 9, 2013)
Dr. Kate Philo and her scientific exploration team make a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. As a scientist in a groundbreaking project run by the egocentric and paranoid Erastus Carthage, Kate has brought small creatures—plankton, krill, shrimp—back to life for short periods of time. But the team’s methods have never been attempted on larger life-forms.
Heedless of the potential consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston and reanimated. The endeavor is named “The Lazarus Project.” As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was—is—a judge, Jeremiah Rice, and the last thing he remembers is falling overboard into the Arctic Ocean in 1906. When news of the project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and protests by religious fundamentalists.
Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah’s new life is slipping away. With Carthage planning to exploit Jeremiah while he can, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.
A gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller, Stephen P. Kiernan’s provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid novelty, as a living being: a curiosity.
Award-winning journalist Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, and has earned an MA from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He has written two works of nonfiction—Last Rightsand Authentic Patriotism—that promoted civic engagement. He lives in Vermont with his two sons. The Curiosity is his first novel.
Find out more about Stephen at his website.
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