"Tilley handles decadeslong character arcs with empathy, resulting in a resonant and humanistic novel."


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Against the Wind is an elegantly written story of relationships involving six principal characters, strands of whose lives braid together after a chance reunion among three of them.


A successful environmental lawyer is forced to take himself to task when he realizes that everything about his work has betrayed his core beliefs. A high school English teacher asks her former high school love to take up her environmental cause. A transgender adolescent male raised by his grandparents struggles to excel in a world hostile to his kind. A French-Canadian political science professor finds himself left with a choice between his cherished separatist cause and his marriage and family. An accomplished engineer is chronically unable to impress his more accomplished father sufficiently to be named head of the international wind technology company his father founded. The Quebec separatist party’s Minister of Natural Resources, a divorcée, finds herself caught between her French-Canadian lover and an unexpected English-Canadian suitor.

“Against the Wind is an intricate and elegantly compelling novel, notable for both its political and personal acuity. Jim Tilley writes with deep feeling for his characters and great command of his fascinating materials.”

— Peter Ho Davies,
author of The Fortunes

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Against the Wind is Jim Tilley’s debut novel. He has published three full-length collections of poetry and a short memoir, The Elegant Solution. His writing has appeared in top literary journals, including Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and Southern Review. In 2008 he won Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize for Poetry. 

Kim Dower was City Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, California from October 2016 to October 2018. Kim received a BFA from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. She has published four collections of poetry: Sunbathing on Tyrone Power’s Grave, her latest, is “exuberant, sexy and sobering, remarkable poems finding Kim at the top of her game,” says bestselling author Chris Kraus.

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Tobi Harper is Deputy Director of Red Hen Press, Founder and Editor of Quill (a queer publishing series), Publisher of The Los Angeles Review, and Instructor for the UCLA Extension Publishing and Editing program. While completing an M.A. in English Literature, Tobi served as Editor-in-Chief of San Francisco State University’s graduate student journal Interpretations, Chair of the graduate literature conference Explications, and wrote a thesis titled “‘What is it?’: Examining Narrative Shifts in Twentieth-Century Genderqueer Novels.” 

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