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 ~

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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Tonight I went to see Columbus at the Uptown. This was a beautiful, moving film and I loved it. With something like this that rises to the level of art, it's hard to say anything that isn't reductive, and much has already been well-said in reviews I've read, but I will note some random thoughts...

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Tonight I watched Get Out (on bluray): the comedy of discomfort as a horror tale, and so fun. I liked both Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams.

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Tonight my subwoofer got a serious workout as I watched Logan on bluray. I am sick of comic book movies (though I have to admit Wonder Woman easily pierced my defences), but I've always liked Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Unlike most sort-of-safe-for-kids comic book movies, this one is dark and desper...

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