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 21 ~

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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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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