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 8 ~

The wonderful movie I watched tonight — The Night I Swam — goes right on my list of Movies About Chilhood. It follows a little boy as he wanders off, staying at his level for the most part, watching him with a steady gaze until we begin to sense what he's feeling, along the way capturing many o...

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Good lord this was amazing. After an absorbing first half comprised of the piano version of Grieg's "Holberg Suite" and selections from Mendelssohn's many "Songs Without Words," Trpceski played Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" in full (as arranged by Paul Gilson). This was one of the most hair-raisi...

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A friend asked me, "want to see Herb Alpert?" and I said sure, not realizing he was serious. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall were playing with their band at the Triple Door and he had an extra ticket. The place was filled with enthusiastic old-timers for the most part, though I did notice a few younger fo...

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This was one of the better Seattle Symphony shows I've ever been to: Ludovic Morlot conducted Sibelius' tone poem "The Oceanides", Britten's "Four Sea Interludes" from Peter Grimes, and, for the second half, Sibelius' second symphony. It's all music I like a lot, and I've heard the SSO play both the...

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Yes I did swear never to return to the local multiplex, but now it has reserved seating for all screens, and after a trying week I felt like going out to sit in the dark with the public and see something ridiculous. Annihilation was just the ticket: slow to develop, growing more freaky. Despite be...

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