The Keepers of Truth

by Michael Collins ’87, ’91M.A., Scribner Paperback Original

The young man who came to Notre Dame on a track scholarship has raced to glory with his fiction. The Man Who Dreamt of Lobsters was named a 1993 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Collins’ latest, The Keepers of Truth, was nominated for the Booker Prize. ND readers might just recognize its setting—a rustbelt town struggling to survive in an economy that has little need of its strong manufacturing base.

Narrated by a reporter for the town’s newspaper, the story focuses on his obsession with an investigation into the disappearance of an elderly gentleman. The town and its inhabitants take on a commanding role, as Collins uses the plot to plumb the cultural history of an economically destitute town.