The Kindness Of Ravens by Frank Bardessono

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Daren was always ahead of the curve, a prodigal son without focus or
direction. That's why the drifters, the shamans of chaos, and the
castaways of broken humanity were drawn to him. As his supercharged
empathy begins to manifest, revealing brief glimpses into higher
dimensions most humans are not equipped to endure, he falls in love with
Lee, an enigmatic, dystopian gypsy who might be an ancient Native
American demigoddess. Ever challenging conventional taboos held by his
conservative suburbia, Daren straddles the thin line between excess and
addiction with his two closest friends, Alex, a prince of hedonism
peering perpetual into the abyss, and Keith, a Zen surfcat aficionado of
sweet riffs and a-frame waves. Daren soon discovers balancing different
worlds, the ethereal and the material, is no simple task even for a
supposed whiz kid. Set against the decadent backdrop of 1980's
California, his journeys will take him from the idyllic ranch country of
the gold coast to the sweat-soaked concert arenas of the Angel City,
from the white sands of Malibu to the underground sex clubs of San
Francisco. Owing allegiance to Generation X predecessors like Bright
Lights, Big City and Less Than Zero, as well as the stream of
consciousness styles of Kerouac and Castaneda, 'The Kindness Of Ravens'
is a postmodern tale of magical realism that will take readers on a
heartbreaking exploration of the human condition, wherein a young man's
struggles with substance abuse and the perils of spiritual revelation
may result in nightmare, death, or worst of all, madness itself.

About Frank Bardessono

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Frank Bardessono graduated from California State University, Chico with bachelor's degrees in psychology and philosophy. He is a social worker of twenty years, assisting special needs populations, and has been known to write upon occasion. His debut novel pays homage to a bygone era and, perhaps, a few ideals lost in the twenty-first century. He lives in southern California with his girlfriend and four Australian Shepherds.
Published August 21, 2012 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 281 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Law & Philosophy. Fiction

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Daren initially dismisses him as a lunatic, but the man recognizes a talent in Daren that they both share: the ability to see visions.

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Readers will want to shake some sense into Daren at times, but they will also recognize his attempt to find meaning in the inevitable post-adolescent growing pains.

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