Paperback, 6” x 9”
The year is 1953. Eleven-year-old Paul Howland—a nonreader in the era before special education— decides that death is the way to escape struggles at home and in school. But two people intervene: classmate Jenny Moran and an adult mentor who discovers in Paul a latent artistic talent. The fast-paced drama unfolds in Crystal, a fictitious town on the north shore of Long Island, New York.
What they are saying about the book:
Beautifully written and richly rendered, Lloyd Ferriss’ entertaining and at times heartbreaking coming of age novel explores who we are, how we find our place, and illuminates essential truths about life, love, family, and most of all, hope. —Melissa Senate, author of The Secret of Joy and The Love Goddess’ Cooking School.
In The Amethyst Stone, Lloyd Ferriss tells the story of a community on Long Island at the moment of awakening to the modern world. And he brings us to the moment of artistic awakening in his young protagonist, Paul. With convincing detail and rhythm of his poignant tale, the author truly evokes another era. —Phoebe Stone, author of Romeo Blue and The Boy on Cinnamon Street among others.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lloyd Ferriss is a former staff writer for the Maine Sunday Telegram who took up fiction at 60. He’s published two short stories and two nonfiction books, Secrets of a Mountain and Harry Stump: Maine’s Psychic Sculptor. A native of Long Island, New York, Ferriss holds a BA in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. He is married to Jane Frost, an artist and former art teacher. They live in Richmond, Maine.