Four years ago Prizm Books published my novel titled Tyler Buckspan. The book was a hit, albeit controversial, and it placed second in the Young Adult division of the 2013 Rainbow Awards, an international competition. Here’s the blurb for the book:
Fifteen-year-old Tyler Buckspan lives with his mom and grandmother in 1960s Cassadaga, a Florida community where spiritual “mediums” ply their trade. The mediums—Tyler’s grandmother among them—read palms and tarot cards, conduct séances and speak with the dead.
Tyler’s a loner, a bookish boy with few interests, until his half-brother Devin, nineteen and a convicted arsonist, comes to live in Tyler’s home. For years, Tyler has ignored his attraction to other boys. But with Devin in the house, Tyler can’t deny his urges any longer. He falls hopelessly in love with his miscreant half-brother, and with the sport of basketball, once Devin teaches Tyler the finer points of the game.
In a time when love between men was forbidden, even criminalized, can Tyler find the love he needs from another boy? And is Devin a person to be trusted? Is he truly clairvoyant, or simply a con artist playing Tyler and others for fools? What does Devin really know about a local murder? And can Tyler trust his own psychic twinges?
Here’s what one critic said about Tyler Buckspan:
“I don’t think I’ve ever compared a book with two of my most treasured past reads, but Tyler Buckspan recalls the feelings aroused in me by Stephen King’s novella, The Body, better known to most of you as the film Stand By Me. More particularly, however, I would actually hold this lengthy novella to the standard set by Harper Lee in her masterpiece, To Kill A Mockingbird.
“Now, before everyone gets all het up and accuses me of criminal hyperbole, I’m not saying this book has the poetry of language possessed by Miss Lee’s novel. What I’m saying is that the mood of time and place, conveyed through the reminiscences of Scout Finch looking back on a pivotal time in her life and on the people who affected the life-changing events she recounts, is repeated here. Likewise, the camaraderie between young men coming of age that is addressed by King in The Body is found, in spades, in this sweet and heartfelt story.”
Prizm Books closed its doors at the end of 2016, and I was afraid Tyler Buckspan would go out of print, but thankfully Ninestar Press, a high-quality house, has agreed to re-publish my novel. It has been re-edited and reads better than ever. Here’s a buy link to Ninestar if you are interested: