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 18 ~

Tonight I went to the late-night "Untitled" series concert at Benaroya, and sat on the floor right in front of the musicians with my friend Lauren. The program:

  1. John Adams: Road Movies (1995, for violin and piano)
    I really liked this, and it held the audience in a trance. The slow middle movement...

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Tonight I saw members of the Seattle Modern Orchestra play music by George Crumb and Julian Eastman at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford:

  1. Crumb: Dream Sequence (1976, for violin, cello, piano, percussion and offstage “glass-harmonica”)
    This was loose and atmospheric, but too unstructured....

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On Saturday night I saw Boris, a Japanese metal band that has been around for 25 years or so, at Neumos in Seattle. Two bands played first: Endon (also from Japan) and Sumac. As always I tended to focus on the drummers. I hadn't really listened to any of these bands' albums prior to this, but a go...

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Tonight I had a 3rd-tier box seat right over the Seattle Symphony. The program:

  1. Brahms - Tragic Overture
    I've never been into this piece, but in person it's super-rich and interesting, especially close up.
  2. Bartok - Piano Concerto #1 (Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, piano)
    This was a blast. I've seen...

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On this night I watched 20th Century Women on bluray. I liked this movie and it stayed in my thoughts afterward. It's rare that a movie observes people's mixed-up feelings about each other in the way this one does. Any other movie like this might have veered into sentimentality or 1970's nostalgia...

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