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 20 ~

Want something different? This is fantastic. The "cantata" is a church music form, but these are more like children's fairy tales, each with its own atmospheric character and instrumentation. The first even has an accordion, and one has a narrator. The titles give you an idea of the ch...

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I've liked many things from pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, and I credit this series with helping me get to know Haydn's sonatas... and this release is getting good reviews... but I find myself annoyed by this album. Maybe it's partly the music — few of these particular sonatas grab me —...

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I'm struggling to sort my thoughts about Still Walking. Turns out I've watched it before. I just can't remember when or how. What it makes me think this time in any case is that it could almost be satire, but it isn't, because it's so honestly human. A satire would simplify motivations, while ever...

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I've been watching the films of Hirokazu Koreeda out of order, and tonight I finally got to Maborosi, his first actual feature. I haven't yet watched any of the documentaries he did before this, but after all the other Koreeda films I've seen and now this especially, I'm more curious to see them,...

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"La Nativité du Seigneur" is a collection of organ pieces by Messiaen, played complete this evening at Saint James Cathedral by high school senior Matthew Johnson. He may be young but it didn't show. He's been a piano student since he was little and later an official organ scholar at the cathedral....

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