"Before the Wind is a magical, heartbreaking book." -- The Toronto Star

Jim's fourth novel, released in April, is a funny, big-hearted story about a gifted and volatile family. It's also about online dating and Albert Einstein. Set in Seattle, Victoria and Olympia, much of the novel unfolds on the water in this entertaining two-decade odyssey of the eccentric Johannssen family.


Upcoming Appearances
July 18, Olympia Rotary, noon speaker
July 19, Leavenworth, WA, A Book For All Seasons
July 21, Spokane, WA, Auntie's Bookstore
July 23, Bend, OR, Sunriver Books
Aug 18, King County Library Fundraiser, speaker, 7 pm
Sept. 13, Olympia, South Sound Sailing Society, speaker, 7 pm
Sept. 14, Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Mountaineers, 7 pm
Sept. 20, Shilshole Yacht Club Dinner Speaker, 6 pm
Sept. 21, Seattle Yacht Club, 7 pm


"A brilliantly crafted family story that moves with the speed and elegance of one of the racing boats it so lovingly describes. ... An exhilharating read." - The Washington Times

"An affectionate and very funny tribute to the gentle madness of sailing diehards." - The Wall Street Journal

"Not just any writer could weave a story about sailing, speed dating, dysfunctional family dynamics and Albert Einstein into an emotionally resonant novel, but Jim Lynch is the man for it." -- The Seattle Times

"Jim Lynch does for sailing what "A River Runs Through It" did for fly-fishing."
-- Luis Alberto Urrea, "Hummingbird's Daughter"

"Glorious. Put a rambunctious family clan of misfits and genius sailors in Jim Lynch's masterful hands, and what you get is a gorgeous, full-bodied novel that contains pretty much all of life, from the agonies of online dating and boat repair to Einstein's sublime quest for a `simple and beautiful' unifying theory of everything."
--Ben Fountain, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk"

"From the first paragraph I was hooked by Jim Lynch's language, his humor, his wisdom. The characters are marvelous, the storytelling confident and rollicking; the whole book a delight and a surprise." --Maria Semple, "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?"

Advance Praise in Canada

"Before the Wind is a barn burner of a book. A perfectly weighted narrative that tacks gracefully between humour and pathos, a cast of compelling oddballs, and enough arcane lore of hardcore mariners and science geeks to make your head spin with wonder. A great read." -- Michael Crummey, Sweetland