Nonfiction Book Award Status: Gold
Author Name: Ann Margaret Johns
Based on actual events, Clarkston’s Curse is the compelling true story of a child growing up in a small town plagued by tragedy. Fleeing the violence and uncertainty of Detroit and big city living, Ann Margaret’s family moved to Clarkston, Michigan, population 1,034. But this sleepy town has a dark side. Between 1969 and 1982 more than forty unexplained accidents and incomprehensible murders struck residents of this rural community.
A true story of mystery, murder, family and friendship, Clarkston’s Curse is a first-hand account of what it was like to grow up in the 1960s and 1970s in a small town where tragedy struck with unsettling frequency. More than forty families are forever changed, and thirty people-young and old-didn’t survive to tell their tales. Ann did.
Ann Margaret Johns is a fourth generation Irish immigrant, passionate writer, and CPA by trade who, in spite of the tragedies she read about and witnessed, still lives in Clarkston, Michigan. These days, you can often find Ann and other characters from Clarkston’s Curse sharing stories and a bottle of wine in one of Clarkston’s quaint restaurants.