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 21 ~

Neumos was packed to the sweaty gills with fans so we stood crammed together the whole time, but despite the excitement I found a lot of the music surprisingly dull (and the sound at Neumos was awful). There were some good songs, especially when the drummer had more irregular stuff to do, but overal...

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This movie made me squirm. It felt like a soap opera instead of a movie, or a Reader's Digest Condensed Book in film form. So many scenes that might have been beautiful were instead made to seem inauthentic, somehow or other. A great many episodes had to be squashed together and thus truncated, havi...

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Music is universal, sort of. I mean, could a teenager ever get this music? Elgar's 2nd is a hard nut to crack to begin with, but I can't imagine it being comprehensible to someone with less emotional experience.

Beyond form and color, or through it, this music presents a contrast be...

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I hate Mahler's 3rd! Or I did. Maybe I still do, a little, but after this recording a lot less.

For me, each time getting to like a Mahler symphony has been sort of like joining a cult: "This is ridiculous!" I feel at first. But then later, well of course the blig-blugs fly through...

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