Kristy Kiernan
Award Winning Author
Catching Genius

ISBN: 978-0425214350

 Ingram Book Club Selection

A warm, moving novel about the power of familial bonds.


Florida author Kristy Kiernan's stunning debut explores the lives of two sisters who were very close as children but drifted apart as they moved into adulthood...
Catching Genius is simply mesmerizing, not only because it expertly captures the unbreakable bond between sisters. The novel also explores the many facets of very real characters, breathing life into the seamlessly plotted storyline. ...a must-read for women's fiction fans of all ages.


Kiernan tests the bonds of sisterhood and goes to the well of family secrets and stunted connections...a moving novel about forgiveness and the fragility of family.

--Publishers Weekly

…Catching Genius rise[s] above the pack in the crowded women’s fiction market…an Ingram Reading Group Selection for February, Catching Genius is a novel that will appeal to music and math enthusiasts, women’s fiction readers, and anyone who wants to escape for a few hours, pull up a beach chair, smell the sea and enjoy a good story.

--Mostly Fiction

In this hauntingly beautiful, lyrical debut, two estranged sisters struggle to define their relationship, as they confront long-buried childhood memories and family secrets.

As children, the Sykes sisters—Connie and Estella—were unassuming, precocious, and very close, until one sister was discovered to be a math prodigy. Estella, pushed to focus on her gift, fell into her father’s favor, leaving Connie to grow up in her shadow. Connie, the “normal” little sister, became defined by her beauty rather than her intellect.

Now years later, at the request of their mother, the sisters are forced to reunite on the Gulf Coast of Florida as they pack up their childhood summer home and ready it for sale. The reunion comes at a time of crisis, in which both Connie and Estella must come to terms with painful revelations and devastating consequences.

And once again, her sister’s genius may alter Connie’s life in ways she can not control…

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Book Extras

Reading Group Guide


Violin and Books

Math Extras

 Mathematical Fiction

Math Fun (no, really!)

Music Extras


The Gainsborough Trio
Violin, cello, and flute trio Connie's trio was based on

Eddie Daniels
Jazz clarinetist

Florida Extras

St. George Island
The real life Big Dune Island

Sunshine Skyway Bridge Disaster
The real life bridge of my childhood, most notably 1980