BEST BET BOOK OF 2013
Jeremiah Rice was born in the Nineteenth century, died in the Twentieth century and lived again in the Twenty-first century. From the Arctic to Massachusetts, four voices convey the scientific breakthrough and consequences of restoring life to a human corpse frozen in “hard-ice” for more than a hundred years. Immerse yourself in the alternating perspectives of the forthright scientist Kate Philo; the dishonest reporter Daniel Dixon; the manipulative sponsor Erastus Carthage; and the insightful Judge Jeremiah Rice. Discover how Jeremiah, physically and emotionally, reconnects to life amidst the assaults to his dignity from the scientists of the Lazarus Project, as well as protesters and the media. This debut novel is for anyone who has faced the unexpected and unknown, struggled with the dilemma of justice versus rule, wrestled with the freeing or keeping of love, or debated the pros and cons of the chance to live again.— From Adrean Darce Brent
“I've been thinking about Jeremiah Rice a lot since finishing The Curiosity. In this novel a group of scientists have been reanimating small creatures frozen deep in Arctic ice. Upon discovering a man in the ice, Mr. Rice, they bring him back to their lab and try to reanimate him. Imagine a man from 1906 waking up in the world today. Imagine the scientists who stand to make a lot of money and fame for themselves off of such a man. Imagine also the scientists with a moral compass who try to figure out what is best and right in such a situation. I didn't want to put it down and I keep wondering what Jeremiah Rice might think about the way the world has become both good and not so good.”
— Diane Grenkow, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT
The Curiosity, Stephen Kiernan’s debut novel, is a gripping, poignant, and thoroughly original thriller that raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity—man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid plaything, as a living being, as a curiosity.…
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. Remarkably, the frozen man is brought back to the lab and successfully reanimated. 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.
Thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah’s new life is slipping away...and all too soon, Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.
Stephen P. Kiernan 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 two previous novels, The Curiosity and The Hummingbird, and two nonfiction books. He lives in Vermont with his two sons.