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AGAINST THE WIND
About Against the Wind
Paperback: 296 pages
Publisher: Red Hen Press (September 17, 2019)
Against the Wind is an elegantly written story of relationships involving six principal characters, strands of whose lives braid together after a chance reunion among three of them. A successful environmental lawyer is forced to take himself to task when he realizes that everything about his work has betrayed his core beliefs. A high school English teacher asks her former high school love to take up her environmental cause. A transgender adolescent male raised by his grandparents struggles to excel in a world hostile to his kind. A French-Canadian political science professor finds himself left with a choice between his cherished separatist cause and his marriage and family. An accomplished engineer is chronically unable to impress his more accomplished father sufficiently to be named head of the international wind technology company his father founded. The Quebec separatist party’s Minister of Natural Resources, a divorcée, finds herself caught between her French-Canadian lover and an unexpected English-Canadian suitor.
In this contemporary novel of manners, the personal, the professional, and the political are inextricably intertwined. Tilley writes with insight and clarity about people we recognize and situations that hit close to home. Whether he’s writing about changing relationships or chronicling a complex international business deal, Tilley writes with insight and clarity about people and situations we recognize. An important novel about characters facing the winding-down of their professional lives and the approach of life’s third act.
— John Van Kirk, author of Song for Chance
Politics-personal and environmental-form the colorful canvas upon which Jim Tilley paints Against the Wind, a novel that squarely faces the issues of today: the breakdown of families, the struggles to accept a transgender child, and the international policies and rivalries of global energy industries.
— Anne D. LeClaire, author of The Halo Effect and The Lavender Hour
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About Jim Tilley
Against the Wind is Jim Tilley’s debut novel. He has published three full-length collections of poetry and a short memoir, The Elegant Solution. His writing has appeared in top literary journals, including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and Southern Review. In 2008 he won Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize for Poetry. Jim earned a doctorate in physics from Harvard University. During his twenty-five-year career in insurance and investment banking, he wrote several prize-winning papers on finance and investments. He has recently published original mathematics research in various academic journals. He resides in Bedford Corners, New York.
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