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Sebastian's Poet [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Craig
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Book Description

Sebastian Nelson is a boy in search of a family. Abandoned by his mother, Sebastian is left with a broken father who doesn't even seem present when he does show up. Forced to be the main caregiver of his younger brother, Renee, and lost in a sea of indifference, Sebastian only wants to experience the love a real, stable family could afford him.

One morning he discovers the famous folksinger, Teal Landen, asleep on the sofa. Teal’s nurturing nature brings an immediate sense of security into Sebastian’s tumultuous life. But a dark secret looms between Teal and Sebastian’s father of a hidden past. Sebastian is driven to discover their secret, but also he's aware of how tenuous their hold on Teal really is. He doesn’t want to lose the feeling of home Teal’s presence has brought him.

If Sebastian pushes too hard, he could lose Teal forever. He could be destined to raise his younger brother alone, while witnessing the total decline of his emotionally devastated father. If Sebastian is abandoned by the only healthy influence in his otherwise shaky existence, he will also be forever in the dark about the secret that will reveal so much about his fractured family.


Product Details

  • File Size: 283 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Musa Publishing (July 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HYWKWM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Achingly beautiful July 7, 2012
By Mclesh
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading the first paragraph of Sebastian's Poet, I knew this was a book I was going to not only enjoy but experience and savor. I was drawn to Sebastian, the young boy who's been abandoned by his mother and left with a broken, unable to function, emotionally unavailable father. A surrogate dad to his handful of a little brother, Sebastian keeps house and makes breakfasts, running off to the corner market for supplies, dealing with the disapproval of the shopkeeper, noticing everything about him. He's forced to take on adult responsibilities and growing up much too fast. Almost immediately, my heart ached for him; there is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking than the loss of innocence. And that was just the first chapter. The second chapter was even more haunting and beautiful as Sebastian describes a kind of surrogate mother (which I won't describe because I don't want to give away any of the story), but I was moved by the poignancy of his need to fill the void of the mother he remembers vividly, who meant so much to him, but who left him so suddenly.

Right off the bat, Sebastian meets Teal, a musician sacked out on the couch after another one of his musician father's parties (which happen on a routine basis). Teal, who shares some kind of bond with Sebastian's father, quickly becomes a longed-for replacement father. He shows interest in Sebastian and Sebastian's younger brother Renee. He pays attention to the boys and provides affection and love that they've missed so acutely. I loved the characters Teal and Sebastian. The affection they shared was so apparent, and I felt myself wishing that Teal could be their father just as Sebastian did.

Broken people, abandonment, longing, aching. This book drew me in with its beauty, and I shed a few tears. It was so well crafted -- a really well-written book -- and I was so glad to read it. I loved this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended October 2, 2013
By 8thCyn
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the type of book that makes me feel inadequate as a writer. Seriously. I was drawn in immediately. The characters, and all of the secrets that they held, fascinated me, and I wanted to know more. The two boys, Sebastian (or "Sebby" as he's called) and his little brother, Renee, brought out the mother in me: it absolutely killed me to hear of the neglect that they were living in. I loved that Teal came in and gave them a sense of stability, but even Teal's love couldn't hold their fractured family together forever.

The prose is beautifully poetic, and yet not flowery, if that makes sense. There's never a break in the flow of the text. Nothing jars you from the story.

If I had any complaints, the only ones I could come up with are that I wish the story were longer (in print form, it would be about 150 pages, I believe), because I didn't want it to be over; and I had to wonder about the revelation about the genesis of Sebastian's father's issues. I wondered how this was known, and if he really would have confided in anyone.

But these are obviously minor quibbles. I can't encourage you strongly enough to pick up a copy of Sebastian's Poet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big, deep, heartbreaking read March 25, 2013
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A beautifully told coming of age story filled with the hurt and conflict and love you only find in family. Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant and Beautifully Written September 16, 2012
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Wish I could give it more stars. I was immediately drawn in by the lush prose and the tragic reality of Sebastian's situation, told first-person by a too-old-for-his-age almost-nine year old boy through the next few years of his life. It felt so terribly real (even though it's firmly set in the late 70's). I kept wondering how many kids grew/grow up this way or worse. I might have found it too sad (I usually read pretty light stuff), if not for the (believably imperfect) hero and the positive impact he was able to make on Sebastian's life. This haunting story is extremely well told, with great characterization and compelling tension throughout. I enjoyed the period name-dropping, too.
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Kevin Craig is a poet, playwright and novelist. His works have been published internationally. Kevin has had eight 10-minute plays produced. He is a four-time winner of the Muskoka Novel Marathon's BEST NOVEL AWARD. Kevin was a founding member on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Writers' Conference. He served on their board for eight years. Kevin has three published novels; Summer on Fire, Sebastian's Poet, and The Reasons. Sebastian's Poet was awarded the 2007 Muskoka Novel Marathon's Best Adult Novel Award. The Reasons was awarded the 2008 Muskoka Novel Marathon's Best Adult Novel Award.

Kevin's 4th novel, BURN BABY, BURN BABY, is now available! His 5th novel, HALF DEAD & FULLY BROKEN, will be published January 19th, 2015. It is currently available as a pre-order! Both are young adult titles.

Kevin is a proud member of the Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR). He has twice served on their Board of Directors.

Kevin's 6th and 7th plays were performed at the 8th Annual InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, Ontario. The Festival took place at the Alumnae Theatre main-stage, and in the neighbourhood surrounding the theatre. June 1st-10th, 2013.

Kevin's latest play, The Story of Us, was seen at Trafalgar24 in Whitby, Ontario, in March of 2014.

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