Eternal on the Water is “A touching love story immersed in the beautiful simplicity of nature and life lived in the present moment,” says novelist Lisa Genove about the new book by Joseph Monninger (Burkina Faso 1975-77).

Monninger has written fiction and non-fiction, YAs, and memoirs. He had written about boxing matches and sled dogs and Africa. Most recently  he has been writing successful, award winning, Young Adult books, the latest Hippie Chick. Back in 1991 he wrote The Viper Tree set in Ouagodougou, Burkina Faso. Now he has written a big romance about two adults who meet while kayaking on Maine’s Allagash River and fall deeply in love. The two approach life with the same sense of adventure they use to conquer the river’s treacherous rapids. This is a warm love story where two “soul mates” meet by chance, fall perfectly and completely in love, but quickly learn their time together is fated to be cut short because of a devastating illness. It a Love Story for adults.

New York Times Bestselling author, Luanne Rice, says on the jacket of Joe’s novel, “Monninger is a brilliant eternal-on-the-waterwriter…Eternal on the Water will be a classic.”

Joe lives in a converted barn near New Hampshire’s Baker River. He’s a college professor. He has twice been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and his book comes out in mid-February from Gallery Books, a new imprint of Simon & Schuster that is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones, in both fiction and nonfiction, and across a variety of genres. Well, that sounds just about right for Joe, given all the books he has written. This, by the way, will be # 15.