The Steady Running of the Hour (Hardcover)
The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go - In 1924, Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to climb Mount Everest, leaving all of his wealth to his love Imogen, who has been missing for seven years. Eighty years later, college-student Tristan is contacted because he may be the sole heir to Ashley's estate, if only he can prove it. Using old letters, Tristan traces Ashley and Imogen's relationship from London to the solitude of Sweden to the WWI trenches in France. Tristan is pulled between the obligations of the present and his need to find meaning in everything that Ashley and Imogen experienced as members of a decimated generation. From the horrors of the trenches to the harsh beauty of the Himalayas, Go's debut is beautifully written and heartbreaking. ~ Nancy— From Nancy's Book Picks
In this mesmerizing debut, a young American discovers he may be heir to the unclaimed estate of an English World War I officer, which launches him on a quest across Europe to uncover the elusive truth. A QUEST NOVEL and a historical tour de force, The Steady Running of the Hour unravels a tale of passion, legacy, and courage reaching across the twentieth century. In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson--whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley's solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed. Nearly eighty years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate's rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen's descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley's trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs. From London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: a reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley's deployment to the Western Front; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world's tallest mountain. Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen's story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realizes he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune. The Steady Running of the Hour announces the arrival of a stunningly talented author. Justin Go's novel is heartrending, transporting, and utterly compelling.