Year of the Amphibian

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

"Year of the Amphibian is a reflective and poignant literary novel for young adults with a strong narrative voice, nuanced characters, and vibrant settings." - 5/5 stars - IndieReader

"This coming-of-age story will strike home for many readers. It's one that a lot of people can relate to, as it dives into the innocence of childhood and the struggle of trying to grow up in the modern world." - The US Review of Books

A year in the life of a teenage boy in the early 1980's: a coming-of-age novel of sorts, but also a story about siblings in a broken family, and about the echoes of history, and about art, and about the human condition, and about burritos, and about toads, and about girls.

Audience: teens and adults. Formats: paperback or eBook.


While this novel is set in the 1980's and partly in Los Angeles, it's not meant to be an exercise in nostalgia, and you certainly don't need to know the references to follow the story. That said, once you finish reading you can go back and trace them all via the magic of the internet: