A winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards, first place in the Dante Rossetti Awards, and now a short film by Chase Michael Wilson, Black Crow White Lie tells the story of young Carson Calley. He has a rare and magical gift of healing, a gift which both defines him and threatens to betray him. He lives in Hollywood motels with his alcoholic, fortune-telling mother, Juliette. She nurtures his gift, but her ways are deceptive. She feeds the boy fantastical stories to convince him of his greatness. At fourteen, Carson finally wises up to her lies and his identity is completely shattered. Juliette is too deep in her addiction to help him separate the facts from the fictions, so he looks for answers on the streets of Hollywood. There he finds Faris, a tattoo shop owner, and Casper, a cashier at a head shop. These two unlikely mentors help this troubled yet extraordinary boy find his way to the truth.
|Publisher:||Blue Mary Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)|
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This is a poignant story of a young boy growing up in not so ordinary circumstances. He lives in hotels/motels instead of an apartment, and is left by himself for a lot of the time when his mother goes out. He makes friends with a tattoo shop owner (Faris), and takes his advice on lots of things that crop up. We stay with Carson as he makes his own discoveries, in trying to find his place in the world. With a special gift that runs the risk of being abused, he is desperate to find 'his' place. Black Crow White Lie follows him as he learns about life, love, and lies. Exceedingly well-written, this never seems 'young'. Sympathetically written to all characters involved, you will delight and sorrow with Carson as he finds his feet. Definitely recommended. * I received this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
I loooooooooved this book. It gripped me from the very first line. Candi Sary invites the reader to journey alongside Carson in a brilliant and original coming-of-age tale. In truth, no invitation was necessary because, once I began, I really didn't have much of a choice. Once you meet Carson, you can't help but follow him along the streets of Hollywood as he untangles the threads that comprise his life. Each of the characters are uniquely crafted and unforgettable, with voices and personalities that make them pop off the page. Their stories and participation in Carson's life and personal quest will linger with you long after the book ends. The writing is beautiful. And, I really appreciated how Candi allowed the reader to develop some of their own ideas and judgments as layers of truth and lies are pealed away and revealed. Highly recommended :-) You won't be disappointed!
The gritty, seedy setting of Hollywood motels, tattoo parlors, head shops, and street kids felt voyeuristic to me and I loved it! I was always anxious to get back to the story to feel, see, and hear what was going on in the life of Carson, the young main character and his life on the streets of Hollywood and the interesting and improbable people that helped guide him in life. I also loved the interesting and colorful characters in the book and Carson as the narrator’s voice was very believable as a teenage boy. His alcoholic mother worked as a psychic and was needy, self-centered, and narcissistic but still tried to show love to her son possibly in the only way she knew how. At least by my standards, she would never win the mother of the year award, and yet she gave him tools of survival by abandoning him for days and belief in himself as a healer through tall tales and lies. Following Carson through his hopes and dreams, the heartbreaking reality of discovering the disappointing truths about his life, and his personal enlightenment and ultimately empowerment was a fun ride!