From the Author
This story is laced with a few real events in my life:
1. I lived in Radnor, PA as a child. The dogwood trees,
building of tree forts, and knowing bird calls were a part of my coming of age.
2. A boy my family met in Philadelphia while we visited our
Grandmother did stalk my sister and follow us to California.
3. A pivotal moment in my teen years was the death of a friend who
was electrocuted in a swimming pool. This story is not at all about him.
Near tragedy straightens Seth out from his path to hell, his rescue, and salvation
represent an image that hangs in my mind all my life.
This brings me to ask questions of my readers:
What events that happen to us shape our character?
Does Seth have a mental disorder or ADHD or can he control his destiny?
Do you believe we make our own luck?
From the Inside Flap
Seth spends his days spying on the boys who make forts, creating slingshots and observing bugs. His father beats him, his mother will not speak his name. They send him away from their beautiful home to be raised by his paternal Grandmother in inner city Philadelphia. Grandmother helps him deal with his lack of self-control by teaching him about Catholic traditions, work ethic and spirituality.
Grandmother dies of a stroke in front of Seth, and this emotional loss leaves the boy in ashes. He seeks answers and friendship, but rather than making the right choices, Seth finds evil friends. Seth is both master and victim of his own craziness. He decides that if he just has enough money he can fix everything. Seth sells pharmaceuticals, injures a teammate on the swim team, and starts a business of arranging illegal street fights. Seth loses his moral center in the fights, crimes and the lack of love in his life. This puts in motion the adolescent on a runaway journey across the United States.
This is literary coming of age story that is both about salvation and self-formation. The narrative is postmodern, dystopian and disillusioned. There are moments of tender beauty and dark loneliness.
An anti-hero changes into a man who seeks his fortune rather than a life of crime. Seth's core begs to find answers to life's big questions.
Stay in the circle until someone is unconscious.
Catholic children do not play with Protestants.
Play outside between the cars until dark.
Don't dash & dine a restaurant where you are known.
Do what you are told when you are told.
Step on a crack, and break 'Grandmother's' back.