"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.
Throwing Stones won the June 2016 Book-of-the-Month designation from The Novel Approach.
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
"Readers of Robin Reardon's other work know what to expect by now: an endearing, well-developed, and introspective LGBTQ protagonist, a twisting plot worthy of the craziest telenovela, and deep explorations of myriad subjects highlighted by especially deep discussions of religious concerns." —Timothy Woodward, author of If I Told You So
"Here is where we see Reardon shine. She obviously has done her research well and she wonderfully explains the mysterious rituals that Jesse sees as she captures the beauty and the intensity within them. Jesse soon finds himself in love with a villager who teaches him so much and lets him see a whole new kind of existence." —Amos Lassen (Amos Lassen Reviews)
ITEMS OF INTEREST
To all my readers and readers-to-be:
So many attendees of my live readings have suggested that I should record some readings from my books that I've begun a project for it. I'll be adding to the excerpts over time, so check back if you're looking for an excerpt from a specific book.
AuthorsDB cover contest: Three of my covers are winners! Throwing Stones won Gold; Educating Simon won Silver; Giuseppe and Me won Bronze.
Ramble Redhead Podcast
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?