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 with my son to hear the Seattle Symphony play Shostakovich and Prokofiev, conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta. The program:

  • Shostakovich: Festive Overture
    A fizzy, witty light piece that I don't remember now.
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Beatrice Rana, piano)
    This concerto...

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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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