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 12 ~

The percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion came to Meany for something rather off-the-wall: a live score to the movie "Paddle To The Sea" from 1966, which was made by the National Film Board of Canada based on a the 1941 children's book "Paddle-to-the-Sea". Third Coast Percussion split the...

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Tonight at Meany Hall I found Juho Pohjonen to be a distinctive pianist. The program:

  1. J.S. Bach: Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
    This was all clarity and strong delineation, but never dry.
  2. César Franck: Prelude, Choral et Fugue, FWV 21
    I love this music, and I've heard many rec...

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This is a miraculous album, and in many places revelatory. Hough achieves the impossible: hiding and revealing at the same time, allowing lines to sound together in balance without ending up in the murk. Debussy's radical harmony and chewy chords and clusters are all there, but natural...

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This was the legendary Takács String Quartet, so I wasn't going to miss it (even though elsewhere in Seattle somebody was performing Busoni).

The program:

  1. Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575
    I'm not deeply familiar with Mozart's quartets, I have to admit (I've spent much time with Haydn a...

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