Colin "Birdy" Franklin believes he has removed himself from society. Unable to come to terms with his father's horrifying secret, Birdy has decided to live "visibly invisible" on the streets of Boston. But his existence changes dramatically when he meets Vince, an illicit entrepreneur who employs the homeless to supply restaurants with substandard food. Cajoled into working for Vince, Birdy begins to understand the complexities of a society he never really left. But when these complexities turn deadly, Birdy must confront the events that shaped his past in order to reconcile - and survive in - his newly found place in the world.
In his stunning second novel, Andrew K. Stone explores the subjectivity of good and evil in accordance to our status in society. As in his breakout novel All Flowers Die, Stone demonstrates his flair for balancing an engaging plot, rich thematic structure and finely developed characters to tell a story that's both moving and memorable.
Stone's second novel combines an intriguing plot with well developed three dimensional characters. The plot moves along at a brisk pace and the characters will stay with the reader well after the book is finished. Overall, strongly recommended to those who like to be challenged by gritty, realistic fiction without excess violence.
Paula Bodah, Editor, Rhode Island Monthly
In Disappearing Into View, Stone illuminates the infinite human capacity for evil, compassion, and forgiveness at all levels of humanity.
The Compulsive Reader
A gripping tale...intense....
The Vinland Journal
Stone's writing is masterful.
Extraordinary. The writing is superb.
The Anchorage Daily News Disappearing Into View reads like a modern version of Dostoyevsky's Notes From the Underground - in reverse. A homeless man stalled in self-reflection meanders toward insight and redemption, helped by hookers, the homeless, fetishes and dubious trips into the subway.
Jane Crosier, Host of Literary Landscape, CKCU-FM, Ottawa Disappearing Into View has the same innovative style and penetrating psychological insight that make Andrew K. Stone's first novel, All Flowers Die, a success. Stone's gritty, street-wise language speaks volumes, and his use of complex and realistically drawn characters gives the work a highly charged level of emotional tension.
Janice Harvey, Worcester Magazine
Andrew K. Stone possesses a marvelous ear for dialogue...and a talent for creating pure-hearted characters who will long remain in the reader's memory.
Doug Holder, The Cambridge Chronicle
...skillful...a work of fiction that has broad implications on the societal and personal level.
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