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The Wisdom of Stones

ISBN: 9780998146713
Publisher: Golden Rule Omnimedia
Publication Date: 2017-05-17
Number of pages: 365
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Ben, a college senior, promised God and his mee maw that he'd be a Southern Baptist preacher, but he can't pray away the gay. Until stories, which he learns from his Grandpa Charlie about an interracial relationship Charlie had in the 1930s, teach Ben he has to live life by his own rules.

Abandoned by his father at age seven, Ben loses his mother to a car accident that same year and becomes his grandparents responsibility and their joy.

Handing his grandfather an arrowhead he finds at his mother s funeral, Ben sets in motion an agreement between them: Ben gifts his grandfather a stone and his grandfather gifts him a story. Months later when Mee Maw falls ill, Ben makes yet another deal this time with God that if Mee Maw recovers, Ben will dedicate himself to the church.These commitments inform the man he will become.

But life has a way of throwing us curve balls, and it throws Ben a doozy; no matter how hard he tries, he can t pray away the gay. And being gay is in direct conflict with his church s teachings, a roadblock to him becoming a minister.

A beautifully written and relevant coming-of-age story, The Wisdom of Stones is a tribute to one young man s heart-wrenching journey towards self-acceptance, to the relationship between a boy and his grandpa, and an exploration of the impact of each generation on the next. A tribute to the courage it takes to define and then make the right choices for ourselves, this novel is destined to become a new Southern classic.

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