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.

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
"Elegantly written, with vivid, nuanced characters and a strong sense of place." - IndieReader
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~ Journal 13 ~

Tonight I wanted to go hear Finnish art songs, but I had tickets to see the Montrose Piano Trio with my good friend, so I stuck with that. I'm glad I did. It was phenomenal playing, rendered with cogent stucture, clarity and warmth. The pianist in this trio is the always-wonderful (and powerful)...

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Tonight I was at Saint James Cathedral in Seattle to hear Cappella Romana sing a fantastic program of 20th-century music by Nordic composers. I chose the more expensive seats so we could sit near the front, which really paid off: I could home in on individual voices while still experiencing the ha...

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Tonight I saw Thor: Ragnarok at the Cinerama in downtown Seattle. It was a lot of fun to see on the big screen. Somehow the comic sensibility that director Taika Waititi brought to movies like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows wasn't flattened by Hollywood or the proces...

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On this night I watched Your Name. It came off as a bit studio-bound, despite its quality, and Shinkai has awful taste in music. But then there's the wonderfully convoluted plot, and so many absorbing details, so overall I really enjoyed it.

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Rounding out my music-filled week in an epic way, tonight I had the rare opportunity to hear Berlioz' Requiem performed by the Seattle Symphony... and lots of other people. We're talking six tympanists plus a percussionist, a full chorus, a tenor, and brass choirs in four separate balcony locations....

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