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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 14 ~

These movies keep talking about "hope", and yes, I too keep hoping, only to have my hopes dashed. Not as much this time, however. Just somewhat dashed — like a concussion, instead of my brains all over the street. The Last Jedi is a good movie and a bad movie meshed into one: the good side of the st...

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On this day I watched The Master on blu-ray. I hadn't seen it before, and truth be told I had been avoiding it even though it was high on my list of "I really need to watch that" movies. And then I didn't write about it here at first because... what coherent, intelligent thing can I say about th...

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"Remember that time when... ?" That's kind of what Lady Bird felt like for me: a whole series of remember whens, like a flip book of ordinary happenings that you might talk about when some present-time conversation joggles your memory. "Oh yeah, when I was in high school..." etc., the only differe...

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Tonight I wanted to go hear Finnish art songs, but I had tickets to see the Montrose Piano Trio with my good friend, so I stuck with that. I'm glad I did. It was phenomenal playing, rendered with cogent stucture, clarity and warmth. The pianist in this trio is the always-wonderful (and powerful)...

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