Release date: Friday, November 13th
"You have no more right to manhood than I have. And I don’t have to be just like you to be a man."
Something is drawing seventeen-year-old Jesse Bryce toward the community of Pagans who live in "the village," just outside his rural Oklahoma town. Maybe it's that he has a crush on Griffin Holyoke, a tall, dark-haired boy with a tree tattooed all up his back. Or maybe it's that the Pagans accept Jesse for who he is, unlike his family—or his church, where he hears that being gay is a sin.
After a man from the village is murdered while trying to prevent an assault on a girl from the town, Jesse's confusion at the town's unsympathetic reaction inspires him to set a mission for himself: to build a bridge of acceptance between the town and the village.
As Jesse defies his parents and continues to visit the village, he witnesses mysterious rituals that haunt him with their beauty and intensity. And he falls in love with one enigmatic, mercurial Pagan who opens his eyes to a whole new world.
This first-person story explores what can happen when we make conclusions about others based on too little information, or on the wrong information. Whether we're misunderstanding each others' religions or each others' sexual orientation, everyone benefits from learning the truth. And everyone benefits from forgiveness.
Praise for Throwing Stones
"Another winner from Robin Reardon, possibly her most ambitious novel yet. I hate to make a silly pun, but I can't help myself: this book rocks." — Brent Hartinger, author of Geography Club and Three Truths and a Lie
Praise for previously published works
"Mesmerizing, drawing readers into Ethan from page one, endowing him and all the characters with great depth, and building a slow-burning tension." — Publishers Weekly, on The Evolution of Ethan Poe
"... an indictment of dogma and fundamentalism, a vindication of the power of love, and a fresh interpretation of being Christian and gay in the 21st century." — Mark Kendrick, Author of Desert Sons and Into This World We're Thrown, on Thinking Straight
Items of Interest
Every so often I have a chat with the famous Ramble Redhead, that wacky gay fellow who seems to know everyone. He's posted our recent conversation, which rambles from the topics of my stories to current events concerning human rights. Take a listen!
Many readers have asked why I write what I write. See the answer to this and other questions in the Michele N Jeff interview.
Blogger Elisa Rolle has posted a list of my top ten books. Care to know what they are?