With the constant fear of nuclear war, an exploding Middle East, and memories of World War II still fresh with flowers on soldier’s graves; a young man realizes that he is growing up. In Howie Smith’s world of primal forests, orderly orchards, and Lake Michigan; he learns about life and begins to understand death. A crazy aunt, a dying uncle, and the unyielding pressure to bring in the demanding crop of cherries, forces Howie to realize there is more to life than baseball.
Randall unveils, during this brief summer, a family’s fears and triumphs. He explores a region of America left apart from the chaos of the world. It is a place of unwanted migrant pickers, backwoods people who must live off the land, and the grand lake that encloses them all. But Howie discovers it is also a realm of miracles.
Monday, April 20, 2015
This work has been receiving excellent reviews and some interest has been shown in the world of screenplays, but I will not get my hopes up too high.
Some exciting news, this book is now part of the Amazon KDP system and it is available to borrow under their program. If you borrow through Amazon Prime you know what I mean. So you might check this out. Also be prepared for some free days coming up during the next three months. They will be found on Freebooksy, Pixel of Ink, The Books Machine and others. And don't forget to post that review. Every little bit helps.
This story is a must read for your teenage son and daughter. Serious issues are discussed and presented. How would you react if you found out your uncle, your mentor and the one man you have always looked up to was homosexual? That he was also dying and that you might never be able to ask for his help understanding all that is happening in the world of a fourteen year old boy coming of age. And it is 1956 where such sensitive issues are never discussed.
All the best . . . . .
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Two of the best words in the English language for a writer. I was just told that Elk River won the 2013 award for Best Young Adult Fiction from the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA), I am thrilled.
This is the second award for Elk River in the past year. It was selected as a finalist for the very prestigious Benjamin Franklin award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) last fal for LGBT, and it was the only novel in the category.
This edgy story would be great for that fourteen year old who wonders what the world was like fifty years ago when the greatest adventure wasn't the latest phone but what wonders were to be discovered in the dark forest, "Below the hill."
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Midwest Book Review
Growing up seems to happen much too suddenly. "Elk River" is the debut novel from Gregory Randall, as he writes of a young man facing reality in northern Michigan in 1956. Seeing the world for what it is, he learns the world isn't perfect and he learns much to find the truth that lies behind it all and how best to understand it. Poignant, "Elk River" is a fine coming of age novel, not to be overlooked.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
It is a great story for the young man or woman in your family who is facing all the challenges that a teenager faces - even though this story takes place in 1956. It is available through both Amazon and Smashwords.
It has received wonderful reviews and praise for its handling of difficult issues that we all face as we grow up: death, love, family, misunderstanding, and discovering homosexuality. This is not a story of a gay teen - it is the story of a boy who is confronted by his great love for his uncle and finally understanding what it takes to be a man.