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 17 ~

Tonight I went to a fantastic performance by Ballaké Sissoko (kora) & Vincent Segal (cello) held in the auditorium at the Seattle Art Museum, part of the Earshot Jazz series. The two musicians have been playing together for a while, and it shows, and the music they have created from multiple traditi...

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Tonight I saw The Florida Project at the Egyptian in Seattle. I've been looking forward to it showing up here and it was worth the wait. Not so many movies follow small children around, and fewer still focus on the particular socioeconomic fringes that these characters live in. Children have licen...

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This evening during dinner I watched the short documentary Lessons From A Calf. I am working my way though the entire output of Hirokazu Koreeda and now I'm on his documentaries. This was one of his first projects. It follows a Japanese elementary school class in a school with an alternative cur...

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This is magical and completely absorbing organ music. The earliest piece here is from 1970, and the latest was written just a few years ago in 2015. While there is considerable variety here, the music shares a use of irregular tempo relationships that keep a grip on your attention. In...

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Yesterday evening I watched After The Storm. Now I have seen all of the fictional Koreeda films save for his latest (a crime drama apparently). I have yet to watch his documentaries but I plan on it soon. This film was done in between shooting parts of "Our Little Sister" but released afterward....

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