Edition: First Edition, 2017
Available in: Kindle, Paperback
ISBN: B0719LGLVD

Awards

25TH ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST
SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

Writer’s Digest Judge’s Commentary:

“…brilliant coming-of-age novel….”

“The author’s skills as a journalist translate into his storytelling style….”

The Sorting Tree

They raced through childhood summers on the bare backs of horses as though life was leaving them behind and they must rush.

“Such a gleeful marauder, come to ravage among the pregnable; to pillage what she would across the kingdom of our boyhood, vast and indefensible. Such a moment comes once, if life is good, that instant when a soul awards itself to something magnificent to it. It is either a colossal surrender or the ultimate gift. Which matters not.”

Paul: A billionaire’s son has little freedom of action in his young life, engineered and set upon his course long before he’s born. But he can feel as strongly as anyone.

Eve: How long can she outrun the rage of losing a mother to her own hand? With what will she expel it when it catches up to her?

Ben: There are those who seem too good for this world. Can he survive his loyalty, his sacrifice, his love?

Two boys, a girl: a childhood friendship doomed by every kind of division. So many things should have separated them long before their demons consumed them: Paul’s family fortune, Ben’s love for Eve, Eve’s motherless rage….

Yet through the years of youth nothing did divide them; not the social chasm between Paul and Ben, and not the ferocity of a young woman driven to roar in times of trouble.

Adolescence fades, they’re two American boys bound for college in the late 1960s who take the blame for a rapist’s killing to save their friend. When the courthouse back-room deals are done, Paul’s off to Yale while Ben consummates his love for Eve and ships for ‘Nam.

Two tours behind him, he’s home from war to find his love a protestor and soldier of the underground.

The grandest loves survive everything, it’s true. But death will claim even lovers in its time.

Awards

25TH ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST
SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

Writer’s Digest Judge’s Commentary:

“…brilliant coming-of-age novel….”

“The author’s skills as a journalist translate into his storytelling style….”