Author Visit: Bonnie Jo Campbell

Friday, July 19, 2024 - 4:00pm

Michigan author, Bonnie Jo Campbell will be at the Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library!
Join us for an author presentation and book signing, featuring The Waters.
We will be onsite selling copies of Bonnie’s books. This event is for adults.


A TODAY Show #ReadWithJenna Book Club Selection - One of Oprah Daily's Most Anticipated Books of 2024 - One of the Chicago Review of Books's 12 Must-Read Books of January 2024 - Featured in Roxane Gay's newsletter The Audacity - One of the Christian Science Monitor's Best Books of January

"If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing, you're going to love, and I'm saying love, our first read of 2024." --Jenna Bush Hager, TODAY Show

A master of rural noir returns with a fierce, mesmerizing novel about exceptional women and the soul of a small town.


On an island in the Great Massasauga Swamp--an area known as "The Waters" to the residents of nearby Whiteheart, Michigan--herbalist and eccentric Hermine "Herself" Zook has healed the local women of their ailments for generations. As stubborn as her tonics are powerful, Herself inspires reverence and fear in the people of Whiteheart, and even in her own three estranged daughters. The youngest--the beautiful, inscrutable, and lazy Rose Thorn--has left her own daughter, eleven-year-old Dorothy "Donkey" Zook, to grow up wild. Donkey spends her days searching for truths in the lush landscape and in her math books, waiting for her wayward mother and longing for a father, unaware that family secrets, passionate love, and violent men will flood through the swamp and upend her idyllic childhood. Rage simmers below the surface of this divided community, and those on both sides of the divide have closed their doors against the enemy. The only bridge across the waters is Rose Thorn.

Event address: 
Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library
317 N Main St
Ishpeming, MI 49855
Books: 
The Waters: A Novel By Bonnie Jo Campbell Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780393248432
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 9th, 2024