The Summer Boy

The Summer Boy

by Henry Mitchell


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Deposited by his dysfunctional city parents for the summer with his eccentric Aunt Mary in a remote Appalachian cove, Benjamin Drum runs away, farther than he ever intended, closer home than he ever imagined. Lost between the mountains, Ben wanders into a strange new world where he is befriended and pursued by beings human and non-human, malevolent and merciful. Before he finds his way back to Mary, he finds himself.

The Summer Boy is a genre-defying work, written in a style that falls somewhere between Ron Rash and Neil Gaiman, bright and shining as a summer day, dark and deep as a coal mine.

"... a gorgeous work of magical realism that flawlessly weaves myth and metaphor into a tale ringing with the sounds of authentic Appalachian speech and Celtic heritage... a haunting tale expertly told." -Sharon Claybough.

Author royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Saluda Community Land Trust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909894112
Publisher: Alfie Dog Limited
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Series: Benjamin Drum Series , #1
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Henry Mitchell lives and works in the upcountry of South Carolina where his family has resided for eight generations before him. He presently lives and works in Greenville South Carolina with his wife, Jane Ella Matthews, a Feldenkrais pratitioner, and their spiritual guide and German Shepherd, Simon. Mitchell worked as a painter and sculptor for fifty years before beginning to write fiction in his seventies.

His short stories have been published in the UK by Alfie Dog Fiction. The Summer Boy is his first novel.

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