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Join us Thursday mornings at 8:20 for Minnesota Reads on Northland Morning, featuring Minnesota authors talking about their work. Funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

MN Reads: "The Counterclockwise Heart" by Brian Farrey

 Cover for "The Counterclockwise Heart" by Brian Farrey, a grey and orange feathered being floats above two people standing on a barren cliff
Rovina Cai and Carla Weise

The Counterclockwise Heart is not an easy book to summarize; even for the author. "It changes every time someone asks me to make the pitch," says author Brian Farrey. The story has varied storylines, one of which focuses on a young boy with a clock in his chest. One day the clock begins running backwards leading the boy to the assumption that the clock is counting down to his death.

The book was announced as the winner of this year's Minnesota Book Award for Middle Grade Literature. It is Farrey's third time receiving a Minnesota Book Award. It's also a standalone novel; a departure from the author's past work. "I've done trilogies before," says Farrey. "They're a lot of work... I'm kind of in standalone mode right now."

The story utilizes tones from the Germanic realm of fairytales. Names of locations and people have distinct German roots. "I specifically wanted to give it a Germanic feel," says Farrey, "without actually borrowing too much."

Readers can find The Counterclockwise Heart at various locations. "It's just come out in paperback," says Farrey. "Order it from your favorite independent bookstore."

Minnesota Reads is produced at The North 103.3 with funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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