Perhaps it was the loss of his mother, an absent father battling his own demons, or even just the angst of being a high schooler that didn't quite fit in. But with the town-wide upheaval of the appearance of a wayward drifter that would spark the adventure that would shine some light on his darkest of winters yet.
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Born to small town America, Albers struck out on his own at 25 to try his hand in the Nashville, TN music scene. Along the way, he began compiling poetic and prose works. Two novellas and a compilation of poetry are now available on Goodreads and Amazon.
"Albers' story slightly reminds me of Mark Twain's short masterpiece, The Mysterious Stranger. While entirely different, Albers has used Twain's device of an out-of-your-world visitor to question assumptions and change behaviours and beliefs. Unlike Twain's mocking `Satan', Albers' stranger is gentle and sympathetic, and perhaps a trace deranged himself. Unlike Twain's naive youths, Albers' protagonist is in deep loss and in serious personal depression. The story is about the resolution of that depression, about choosing a way forward.There is social commentary, as in: `I feel faith tends to allow people to condemn quicker than those who use logic.' There is loneliness of an adolescent abandoned by pretty much everyone: `I don't have a whole lot left for myself, and so I am determined to not be like them.' There is questioning of God, high school bullies, and heaven. There are no pat answers accepted here." -Review from Amazon.
"Good read. You could feel Ben's pain and your heart went out to him. To lose his mom and see the internal demons was something very relatable. I hope to see more from this talented author." -Review from Amazon.