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KASE JOHNSTUN 

KASE JOHNSTUN is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, and essayist. He is the author of the novel Let the Wild Grasses Grow, the medical memoir Beyond the Grip of Craniosynostosis, and co-editor/author of Utah Reflections: Stories from the Wasatch Front. He lives and writes in Ogden, Utah, and loves to run the trails of the Rocky Mountains along the face of the Wasatch Front.

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BEHIND THE BOOK

An Interview with Kase Johnstun about the making of Cast Away.

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BOOKS BY THE AUTHOR
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CAST AWAY

A Novel

What would you do for your shot at the American Dream? Veronica Chavez and her great nephew Chuy immigrate from Mexico to the US, their journeys seventy years apart, each willing to do whatever it takes to build the life of their dreams. In 1922, Veronica’s romantic expectations are crushed by the dangers of living alone in a foreign country. Young and determined, she finds community in Utah’s desert railroad towns. Decades later, Chuy comes with his family to Salt Lake City, but his parents are soon sent back to Mexico. Out of place but together, Chuy and Veronica manage to connect across generations—hatching a plan to finally win it big on reality TV.

“An intergenerational story that interrogates and celebrates the American dream.”

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

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LET THE WILD GRASSES GROW

A Novel

Let the Wild Grasses Grow chronicles the lives of Della Chavez and John Cordova, childhood friends separated by a tragic accident, who find each other again during World War II after leading lives of struggle through the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and, for John, abuse at the hands of his grandfather. This sweeping American love story celebrates the power of home landscapes, family heritage, and first love.

“Johnstun knows his terrain well, creating a palpable sense of the sky and soil, grasses and wildlife of the mesa—and the winds of change that swept through the nation for two tumultuous decades. A tender evocation of grief, hope, and dignity.”

—KIRKUS REVIEWS

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