The Curiosity (Hardcover)
July 2013 Indie Next List
“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
A powerful debut novel in which a man, frozen in the Arctic ice for more than a century, awakens in the present day and finds the greatest discovery is love . . .
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.
About the Author
STEPHEN P. KIERNAN is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop fiction MFA program and holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University. In his twenty-five years as a journalist, he has won more than forty awards. A popular public speaker, he is the author of the non-fiction books Last Rights and Authentic Patriotism.
FACEBOOK: STEPHEN KIERNAN
“I absolutely loved THE CURIOSITY. It’s as thought-provoking and powerful as FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON and the writing is breathtakingly beautiful. And that ending? Poignant, luminescent, and absolutely perfect.”
-Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives
“Stephen Kiernan’s THE CURIOSITY is a true page-turner, mixing cutting edge science with an all-too-human love story, while simultaneously taking on the Big Questions. It’s 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