Description from Amazon.com
Sebastian Nelson is a boy in search of a family. Abandoned by his mother, Sebastian is left with a broken father who doesn’t even seem present when he does show up. Forced to be the main caregiver of his younger brother, Renee, and lost in a sea of indifference, Sebastian only wants to experience the love a real, stable family could afford him.
One morning he discovers the famous folksinger, Teal Landen, asleep on the sofa. Teal’s nurturing nature brings an immediate sense of security into Sebastian’s tumultuous life. But a dark secret looms between Teal and Sebastian’s father of a hidden past. Sebastian is driven to discover their secret, but also he’s aware of how tenuous their hold on Teal really is. He doesn’t want to lose the feeling of home Teal’s presence has brought him.
If Sebastian pushes too hard, he could lose Teal forever. He could be destined to raise his younger brother alone, while witnessing the total decline of his emotionally devastated father. If Sebastian is abandoned by the only healthy influence in his otherwise shaky existence, he will also be forever in the dark about the secret that will reveal so much about his fractured family.
I’ve known for quite a while that I wanted to read the book, just from the description, so I was thrilled when I won a copy this week in a Twitter giveaway.
This is the type of book that makes me feel inadequate as a writer. Seriously. I was drawn in immediately. The characters, and all of the secrets that they held, fascinated me, and I wanted to know more. The two boys, Sebastian (or “Sebby” as he’s called) and his little brother, Renee, brought out the mother in me: it absolutely killed me to hear of the neglect that they were living in. I loved that Teal came in and gave them a sense of stability, but even Teal’s love couldn’t hold their fractured family together forever.
The prose is beautifully poetic, and yet not flowery, if that makes sense. There’s never a break in the flow of the text. Nothing jars you from the story.
If I had any complaints, the only ones I could come up with are that I wish the story were longer (in print form, it would be about 150 pages, I believe), because I didn’t want it to be over; and I had to wonder about the revelation about the genesis of Sebastian’s father’s issues. I wondered how this was known, and if he really would have confided in anyone.
But these are obviously minor quibbles. I can’t encourage you strongly enough to pick up a copy of Sebastian’s Poet. You won’t be sorry.