Creator Standout Season (Word Weavers) With Author Douglas Rappaport


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“A deftly crafted coming-of-age story … that is about grief, forgiveness, and human connection.” Midwest Book Review

A slice-of-life, coming-of-age story about an orphaned outcast named Miles Rockefeller who struggles to find redemption in the world of addiction.

Miles Rockefeller is a troubled young man, raised in multiple foster homes, with no patience for the folly of other people, surviving from one moment to the next by numbing himself to oblivion. But when he meets another lost teenager named Sawyer, his life is permanently altered by a senseless crime that shatters not just their own lives and that of their unknowing victim, but everyone else in their path.

It’s a novel very relative to our times, not only for younger readers approximately the same age, and of a similar mindset to Miles’, for instance, but for any contemporary readers aware of the serious situations so many people are dealing with today. —John Pahl, Fiction Editor for Dunes Review

[A] very touching story filled with lonely characters all in search of the same two things: love of self and love of others. Viga Boland, Readers Favorite

Time and again, as they read Reckoner, readers will recognize themselves, tuning out what is going on in their immediate vicinity while their minds meander into other times, places and spaces...and the trip is fascinating! —

Rappaport crafts a tapestry of voices in this often moving YA/New Adult novel about a protagonist struggling to find wholeness…. Small details and pivotal moments alike serve to create a slice-of-life story that also deals with fundamental issues of identity and redemption. Booklife Prize 2020

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