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About the Author
Michael Crouch is a six-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. He is a New York-based actor specializing in voice-over. His keen ear and knack for personalizing copy have established him as a flexible and creative national talent.
Deftly captures the knife-edge of addiction, the electricity of first love, and the insatiable search for belonging.-- "Jessie Chaffee, author of Florence in Ecstasy"
The powerful bonds of at-risk youth are vividly portrayed and movingly rendered. I found myself rooting for this crew of troubled, resourceful kids.-- "Emily Raboteau, American Book Award-winning author"
The search for identity, both familial and sexual, is at the core of this outstanding debut...Strom renders their lives with sympathy but not sentimentality, and we come to care deeply for Shane and his friends as the novel moves toward its powerful conclusion.-- "Ron Rash, author of Serena and Above the Waterfall"
Written with a mesmerizing voice as crystalline and startling as the title suggests...[with] cool, sharp-eyed clarity and tender pathos.-- "Brendan Kiely, author of The Last True Love Story"
Sweet and sneaky, Northern Lights is a novel to savor, a sad and heartfelt exploration of the families that fail us and the ones we construct after..-- "Greg Downs, Flannery O'Connor Award-winning author"
With echoes of Richard Ford and early Hemingway, Raymond Strom's Northern Lights shows us a cold landscape, a heartland that has never had a more frightening hold on the nightmares of this country, illuminating an American sadness that needs to be understood before it overwhelms us all.-- "Mark Mirsky, author of The Red Adam and Blue Hill Avenue"
Powerful...[Strom] has a sure hand as he addresses such timely issues as identity, sexism, prejudice, drug abuse, conformity, and community from a queer perspective.-- "Booklist"
Strom paints a portrait of small-town life that is sure to make readers shiver...Shane is heartbreaking, and readers will have a hard time parting with him after the book is over. A powerful depiction of the currency of intolerance and addiction in one small town.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Strom's insightful navigation of family trauma, sexual identity, and small-town despair blends with his chilling depictions of drug abuse. This bleak, unsentimental novel will resonate with readers who like gritty coming-of-age tales.-- "Publishers Weekly"