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IndieReader Discovery Awards 2019:
- Winner, Best First Book
"A timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance." - 5/5 stars (read full review)
Eric Hoffer Awards 2019:
- Finalist, Fiction
Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2019:
- Finalist, General Fiction / Novel (over 80,000 words)
- Finalist, First Novel (over 90,000 words)

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~ Journal 19 ~

This evening during dinner I watched the short documentary Lessons From A Calf. I am working my way though the entire output of Hirokazu Koreeda and now I'm on his documentaries. This was one of his first projects. It follows a Japanese elementary school class in a school with an alternative cur...

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This is magical and completely absorbing organ music. The earliest piece here is from 1970, and the latest was written just a few years ago in 2015. While there is considerable variety here, the music shares a use of irregular tempo relationships that keep a grip on your attention. I...

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Yesterday evening I watched After The Storm. Now I have seen all of the fictional Koreeda films save for his latest (a crime drama apparently). I have yet to watch his documentaries but I plan on it soon. This film was done in between shooting parts of "Our Little Sister" but released afterward....

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Tonight I went to the late-night "Untitled" series concert at Benaroya, and sat on the floor right in front of the musicians with my friend Lauren. The program:

  1. John Adams: Road Movies (1995, for violin and piano)
    I really liked this, and it held the audience in a trance. The slow middle moveme...

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Tonight I saw members of the Seattle Modern Orchestra play music by George Crumb and Julian Eastman at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford:

  1. Crumb: Dream Sequence (1976, for violin, cello, piano, percussion and offstage “glass-harmonica”)
    This was loose and atmospheric, but too unstructure...

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