Blog Tour Review: The Book of Timothy

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The Book of Timothy
by Joan Nockels Wilson

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Red Hen Press (November 9, 2021)

About the Book:

Set in Rome, Chicago, and Anchorage, and spanning thirty years from crime to confrontation, The Book of Timothy: The Devil, My Brother, and Me recounts in lyric movements a sister’s journey, partly through trickery, but eventually through truth, to gain a long-absent admission from the priest who abused her brother. While on that journey, Nockels Wilson, a former prosecutor, confronts not only the priest, but her personal quest for vengeance. She further seeks an understanding of how the first Book of Timothy, the work of St. Paul, contributed to the silencing of women in her once loved Catholic Church. This Book of Timothy promises to take the reader on a quest for justice and down a path of unexpected coincidences that ends where it first began: out of a great love for a brother and in the power of first memory.


Purchase Links: IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

My Review

I watched the move Spotlight back in 2016 regarding The Boston Globe’s research and reporting on the systemic child sex abuse by Catholic priests.  While it was such a horrible subject matter to watch, I was reminded of the good that great journalism, real journalism, can do in this world. How it can shed light in the darkest of places, help to hold people accountable and protect future potential victims.

The Book of Timothy had that same feeling for me.  While it focused on the story of one individual boy, it’s told from the viewpoint of his sister.  As adults, Tim finally speaks out on his experiences after news begins to break across the country.  This is the story of one sister’s journey of rememberence and action to hold the offender accountable in a time when the Catholic church would not.

An amazing but sad story of courage and family love.

About the Author

Joan Nockels Wilson is a writer and lawyer. A native of Chicago and a forever-learner, she has studied at Northwestern University; University of California, Berkeley; Lewis and Clark College; and the University of Alaska. She holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction, is a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist award winner, and is a member of the Breadloaf community of writers. Her work has appeared in literary journals and audio shows, most recently Cirque and Arctic Entries. She lives with her husband, daughter, and a vizsla named Vivian in Anchorage, Alaska. This is her first book.

Learn more about Joan on her websiteTwitter, and Instagram.

Author Links: WebsiteTwitter, and Instagram
Tour schedule:
Tuesday, November 9th: Instagram:
Tuesday, November 9th: Instagram: @abduliacoffeebookaddict23
Wednesday, November 10th: Instagram: @meghans_library
Thursday, November 11th: Instagram: @diariesofabibliophile
Friday, November 12th: Instagram: @americanlitteacher
Monday, November 15th: Instagram: @bookworm.susanc
Thursday, November 18th: Instagram: @thebookreviewcrew
Monday, November 22nd: Instagram: @shook_sbooks
Tuesday, November 23rd: Instagram: @bigstorieslittlereads
Monday, November 29th: Stranded in Chaos
Tuesday, November 30th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
TBD: Instagram: @babygotbooks4life

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