Spotlight on The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

Coming July 9 from William Morrow Books

About the Book:

the curiosityMichael Crichton meets The Time Traveler’s Wife in this powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day.

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.” Never have the team’s methods been attempted on a large life form.

Heedless of the consequences, Carthage orders that the frozen man be brought back to the lab in Boston, and 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. When news of the Lazarus Project and Jeremiah Rice breaks, it ignites a media firestorm and massive protests by religious fundamentalists.

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. 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 Kiernan’s provocative debut novel raises disturbing questions about the very nature of life and humanity-man as a scientific subject, as a tabloid plaything, as a living being: A curiosity.

Early Praise:

“A true page-turner . . . one of the most assured debuts in years, a book that will stop your heart and start it again.” – Justin Cronin, author of The Passage and The Twelve

“As thought-provoking and powerful as Flowers for Algernon and the writing is breathtakingly beautiful.” -Chris Bohjalian, author of The Sandcastle Girls and Midwives 

About the Author:

Stephen Kiernan’s first novel, THE CURIOSITY, will be out from William Morrow on July 9. 

The author

The author

Stephen’s journalism work has won over 40 awards. His first book, LAST RIGHTS, was an expose on the inferior medical care most people receive in the last chapter of their lives, with many suggestions for ways of providing more humane and less painful care. His second book, the Silver Nautilus Award-winning AUTHENTIC PATRIOTISM, describes the potential for national renewal through nonpartisan civic engagement and volunteerism.

THE CURIOSITY is being published in numerous other nations, and 20th Century Fox has purchased the film rights. 

He lives in Vermont with his two amazing sons.


The Curiosity is my new favorite novel.  As a reader and reviewer, I hold so many books in my hands.  But The Curiosity is a story that will be forever etched in my heart.  When you finish this tale, you are not the same person who started it.  And that’s a good thing.


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