Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 6:30pm
Brazos Bookstore--
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Brazos Bookstore will host Justin Cronin in person on Saturday, April 29 at 6:30pm for an early on-sale launch of his latest novel, THE FERRYMAN.

Justin Cronin will be in conversation with Mimi Swartz.

This event is part of our Indie Bookstore Day 2023! Click here to learn more about our full lineup!

“Next to impossible to put down . . . exciting, mysterious, and totally satisfying.”—STEPHEN KING
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage comes a riveting standalone novel about a group of survivors on a hidden island utopia—where the truth isn't what it seems.

Founded by the mysterious genius known as the Designer, the archipelago of Prospera lies hidden from the horrors of a deteriorating outside world. In this island paradise, Prospera’s lucky citizens enjoy long, fulfilling lives until the monitors embedded in their forearms, meant to measure their physical health and psychological well-being, fall below 10 percent. Then they retire themselves, embarking on a ferry ride to the island known as the Nursery, where their failing bodies are renewed, their memories are wiped clean, and they are readied to restart life afresh. 

Proctor Bennett, of the Department of Social Contracts, has a satisfying career as a ferryman, gently shepherding people through the retirement process—and, when necessary, enforcing it. But all is not well with Proctor. For one thing, he’s been dreaming—which is supposed to be impossible in Prospera. For another, his monitor percentage has begun to drop alarmingly fast. And then comes the day he is summoned to retire his own father, who gives him a disturbing and cryptic message before being wrestled onto the ferry.

Meanwhile, something is stirring. The Support Staff, ordinary men and women who provide the labor to keep Prospera running, have begun to question their place in the social order. Unrest is building, and there are rumors spreading of a resistance group—known as “Arrivalists”—who may be fomenting revolution. 

Soon Proctor finds himself questioning everything he once believed, entangled with a much bigger cause than he realized—and on a desperate mission to uncover the truth.

Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The PassageThe TwelveThe City of MirrorsThe Summer Guest, and Mary and O’Neil. His work has been published in over forty-five languages and sold more than three million copies worldwide. A writer in residence at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Mimi Swartz is the author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron (with Sherron Watkins), and Ticker: the Quest to Create an Artificial Heart. The winner of two National Magazine Awards, she is currently the senior executive editor of Texas Monthly. Swartz grew up in San Antonio and now lives with her family in Houston.

The Ferryman: A Novel By Justin Cronin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525619475
Availability: NOT ON OUR SHELVES. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Ballantine Books - May 2nd, 2023