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.

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
"Elegantly written, with vivid, nuanced characters and a strong sense of place." - IndieReader
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~ Journal 20 ~

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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I finally got a chance to see Dunkirk, at the Cinerama in downtown Seattle. I missed seeing it in 70mm, but it was still amazing. All the usual ways of showing the struggle and sacrifice of the individuals in this film were avoided entirely (I did not miss the usual portentious narrator or chatter...

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Tonight I went with friends to see Come Drink With Me at the Central Cinema (an event put on by Seven Star Women's Kung Fu). The audience was raucus for the over-the-top action and the female warriors. Aside from that, some of the outdoor scenes were striking in their scale and perspective (th...

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The organist Renée Anne Louprette was the real deal, and the organ at St. James was fantastic, as was the accoustic. We sat on the side in the middle (on the advice of an elderly gentleman who knew his stuff), so we got the sound from both directions. Somehow I've never been to a recital at St. Jame...

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Like Father Like Son is the seventh movie by Hirokazu Koreeda I've seen. Though centering on children (switched at birth), the story focuses more on the emotions of the parents, which lead them — gradually and sometimes tortuously — away from a simple solution. The telling might have been soapy or...

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