T. Geronimo Johnson's Hold It 'Til It Hurts has been named among the five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award, a prestigious peer-juried prize for writers. It's his first novel and it's partially set in New Orleans. It follows Achilles Conroy as he returns from the war in Afghanistan and tries to recover a normal life and find his younger brother.
Johnson grew up in both New Orleans and Columbia, Md., and is a graduate of Warren Easton High School. Susan Larson interviewed Johnson for Gambit here. Johnson teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.
The other finalists are Amelia Gray for Threats, Laird Hunt for Kind One, Thomas Mallon for Watergate, and Benjamin Alire Saenz for Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club. The winner will be announced March 19.