Published by the folks at the RAYGUN t-shirt store in Des Moines, WATER is a fictional story from award-winning author Jennifer Wilson that features Freja Folsom, a city reporter who wants nothing to do with the environmental story she’s been assigned. But a man who illegally dropped a well into the city’s aquifer leads Freja to the passionate showdown between farmers, government workers, worried citizens, and the sexy head of the Water Works utility. Suddenly, the poisoned water of Iowa seems like the story that might save Freja’s life — and revive the spirit of the state she loves, before it gives up and becomes Mississippi. Okay, so maybe it’s not that fictional.
Jennifer Wilson has been writing for more than fifteen years for publications, including, Esquire, National Geographic Traveler, Better Homes & Gardens, Budget Travel, Bon Appetit, Parents, Midwest Living, Iowa Outdoors, the Chicago Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (the dearly departed) Gourmet and many others. Wilson’s first book, Running Away to Home, was a roots travel journey back to the Croatian mountain village of her ancestors. It received the Best Nonfiction of 2011 Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the Des Moines Public Library Foundation’s Emerging Iowa Author Award in 2012. Water was her first release with local iconoclast RAYGUN and she claims that every minute of the process was unicorns and rainbows.