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John Jensvold

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John Jensvold is a Minnesota-based fiction author.  He and his wife, Madeline, have three adult daughters: Brielle, Mallory, and Liza. Together, they have made many excursions into the north country, particularly along Lake Superior’s legendary North Shore. When not writing, John is the Vice President of one of the largest Asian-American-owned commercial construction companies in the U.S. John holds a B.A. Degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. His work has appeared in From the Depths, Tin Can Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, and Santa Fe Writers Project.

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Thomas Saylor

John Jensvold’s debut novel demonstrates he is an accomplished storyteller.  Until the Big Water Takes Them plays out across a region undergoing rapid social and economic transformation – with unforeseen and at times tragic consequences.  Jensvold’s novel grips a reader from the first chapter to the last. 

~(Professor) Thomas Saylor, Concordia University—St Paul, author of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation and Minnesota in the ‘70s

Aaron Tillman

In his beautifully crafted novel Until the Big Water Takes Them, John Jensvold brings the Minnesota landscape and the tensions of family and industry to life. The majestic landscape and eminent figures who explored, wrote about, and cultivated this vibrant, volatile terrain not only loom large, but function as characters with whom everyone must respect and contend. Until the Big Water Takes Them is a gorgeous novel with a propulsive story that readers will not want to put down.

 ~Aaron Tillman, author of Consolation Miracles and Every Single Bone in My Brain

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