What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy?

For Conrad it’s definitely not dusty Los Angeles, where he’s stuck living with his mother and his cheeky little sisters.

Paradise is the forest where his dad still lives,
by the water where everything is beautiful,
where he belongs.

IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
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~ Journal 11 ~

I went to the Tractor Tavern to hear The Blasters, but I ended up enjoying the opening band Wildcat Rose more. Both bands roam around Americana, but the songs The Blasters played seemed all the same to me, jammed out from memory one after another (and I started to want to go home and not be stan...

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Dave Alvin and Christy McWilson put on one of my favorite shows of last year, and this time was just as good — with the addition of Jimmy Dale Gilmore. Christy McWilson performed first with her band, while the rest of the show was Alvin and Gilmore playing side-by-side, though McWilson did come out...

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Meany Center's chamber music series features a LOT of string quartets, but since there is so much great music for the form it doesn't really get old, especially not with the Danish String Quartet playing. When I saw them here before they were amazing, and so was tonight's performance: Bartok's quart...

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This evening I watched On the Beach at Night Alone on blu-ray with my good friend and Hong Sang-soo fan Jane. It's hard to come up with words to describe a tissue of a film such as this. Is it even a movie? Well obviously it's a movie, but why does it work? It's like a series of teases, surfaces w...

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Tonight the Seattle Symphony and conductor Ludovic Morlot performed a brand new piece for the first time, and an old piece for the umpteenth time (well maybe not for us Seattlites - we don't get tons of Strauss). What they required in common was a very large orchestra and patience. The program:

  1. Da...

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