Whispers in the Alders

Whispers in the Alders
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Alder Ferry would have been just another nondescript suburb living in the shadow of its urban parent if not for one detail: the mysterious stand of alder trees anchoring the town to its past and standing as a reminder to the wilderness that once stood in its place. In the shadows of the alders, a boy named Tommy found refuge. There, an eclectic book collection was his only companion through a tumultuous childhood, serving as his escape from the brutal realities of his life. That was until Aubrey appeared. Born of different worlds, the alders become their escape while their unlikely friendship blossoms into a love that few people ever come to understand or enjoy—proving that true friendship is a romantic pursuit in its purest form. Together they come of age in a town hostile to their friendship—a friendship that challenges the intersecting boundaries of class, gender, and sexuality. Prejudice and privilege masquerade to destroy their dreams while class, gender, and faith collide. All are tested as Tommy and Aubrey carry each other through their teen years and into adulthood. Whispers in the Alders is an impassioned experience that will test the emotions and is a story that will linger with the reader long after the last page is turned.

What Others Are Saying:

"...the language deployed is truly on very high levels, descriptive but never self-important, with the finest selection of words. It's evident that Callum has worked a lot on this aspect, and I think it has paid off because there is a genuine authenticity about the text that transcends the word- and phrase level and reaches the sentence level." ---Lit Review Monthly

"Whispers in the Alders...is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this year. H.A. Callum's novel redefines the concept of love and friendship...told in an engrossing first-person narrative, the plot is swift, and the pacing is excellent. I couldn't put this one down." ---Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

"...elements of classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Thorn Birds, and The Fall of the Year, written with the skill of Howard Frank Mosher, Truman Capote, or Harper Lee." ---The Publisher 

About the Author:

H. A. Callum is a poet and writer hailing from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The rolling hills, weathered stone walls, and meandering woodland streams interspersed with quaint farm-lots serve as the inspiration to his writing and to his eye as a naturalist and wildlife proponent. Having crossed the United States several times over, and after calling the American West home for several years, Mr. Callum's understanding of America serves as his eyepiece to a culture that is constantly changing, like the landscape defining the continent. The ever-evolving definition of what it means to be American can be reflected in his writing and love of the written word. Stop by and strike up a conversation at his blog (www.hacallum.com) as Mr. Callum always looks forward to engaging with his readers. When not writing, Mr. Callum can be found with his wife and two daughters - his greatest sources of inspiration.

by H. A. Callum
Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .5
238 Pages
FICTION / Coming of Age
FICTION / Small Town & Rural
FICTION / Romance / New Adult
FICTION / Friendship
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century

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