Ghostwriter for Bill Clinton and Al Gore
After several years as an award-winning, nonfiction ghostwriter for, among others, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Will North emerged on the fiction scene with his 2007 debut novel The Long Walk Home, which was glowingly reviewed by critics and warmly received by readers for its distinctive and inviting voice and deeply personal exploration of love and loss. His second novel, WATER, STONE, HEART, North returns with another powerful story of haunted pasts, damaged hearts, and the redemptive power of love.
In WATER, STONE, HEART, North introduces Andrew Stratton, a middle-aged professor of architectural theory who is content in his life and confident in his profession—until the day his ambitious wife walks out on him. Shaken to his core and stung by her charge that he lives only in a world of theory, he acts upon a chance announcement and travels to Boscastle, England, to channel his pain into something physical and tangible: a course on traditional, dry stone-wall building. As the days pass, Andrew becomes more and more at home in this ancient village on Cornwall’s wild Atlantic coast, and more and more enamored with one of its prickly but beautiful residents, the expatriot artist Nicola Rhys-Jones. As difficult as it is for Andrew to risk love again, for Nicola it is almost impossible. The victim of sexual abuse as a child and a former battered wife, Nicola had long ago walled herself off from the risks of intimacy. But her attraction to Andrew challenges her certainties. And when a catastrophic flood nearly destroys the village and threatens the life of a small girl they both adore, the disaster forces both Andrew and Nicola to relinquish the past and seize the future.
In WATER, STONE, HEART, North once again demonstrates his skill at weaving important human issues together with memorable characters and luminous settings that captivate readers. With the page-turning velocity of a thriller and the human depth of the best of contemporary fiction, he makes Andrew’s and Nicola’s journey our own as we argue, laugh, cry, and fall in love right along with them.
Will has a booksigning tonight at 7:00 at Powell's Books in Beaverton located at 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.