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Disappearing Into View

A Novel

By Andrew K. Stone

Disappearing Into View
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  • Paperback: Nov 2001,
    260 pages.

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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.

Chapter One
The Legend of the Squab

When I was fifteen years old my home was blown up, but that's not the reason I'm homeless. After the explosion - and the subsequent aftershocks - that shattered my world, I made a conscious decision to remove myself from society. I don't regret that decision. My ten years on the street have been an invaluable experience and I've learned many lessons, most particularly how wrong I was. But I never would have realized this had I not run away. Before I left society, questions and doubts enshrouded me like a second skin. However, the transience of street life makes it difficult for too much moss to gather, and I suppose it was only natural that eventually I would have stumbled upon larger revelations. These came at a cost of pain and loss but the alternative would have been much worse. Remaining stagnant, my second skin would have solidified and, as a result of this emotional alchemy, I would have been sealed off to the point of ...

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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.  

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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.

BookCrossings.com

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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