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 18 ~

This is magical and completely absorbing organ music. The earliest piece here is from 1970, and the latest was written just a few years ago in 2015. While there is considerable variety here, the music shares a use of irregular tempo relationships that keep a grip on your attention. In...

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Yesterday evening I watched After The Storm. Now I have seen all of the fictional Koreeda films save for his latest (a crime drama apparently). I have yet to watch his documentaries but I plan on it soon. This film was done in between shooting parts of "Our Little Sister" but released afterward....

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Tonight I went to the late-night "Untitled" series concert at Benaroya, and sat on the floor right in front of the musicians with my friend Lauren. The program:

  1. John Adams: Road Movies (1995, for violin and piano)
    I really liked this, and it held the audience in a trance. The slow middle movement...

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Tonight I saw members of the Seattle Modern Orchestra play music by George Crumb and Julian Eastman at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford:

  1. Crumb: Dream Sequence (1976, for violin, cello, piano, percussion and offstage “glass-harmonica”)
    This was loose and atmospheric, but too unstructured....

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On Saturday night I saw Boris, a Japanese metal band that has been around for 25 years or so, at Neumos in Seattle. Two bands played first: Endon (also from Japan) and Sumac. As always I tended to focus on the drummers. I hadn't really listened to any of these bands' albums prior to this, but a go...

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