Impactful LGBTQ Novel For Release on National Coming Out Day 2019

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By Akiva Hersh


CLEVELAND, OH, United States, 2019-Aug-19 — /EPR Network/ — In an anti-other political climate comes a novel giving voice to outcasts tyrannized by power.

Jacob is a boy growing up in the seventies from the Deep South emerging from a family of sexual deviancy and alcoholism masked by religion and wealth. Aided by a tribe of mentors, he defines who he is but struggles to find the balance between religion and sexuality.

BOY IN THE HOLE is a gripping account of a boy wrestling to understand himself, his family, and the world in which he lives. It is a cathartic tale of an adolescent refusing to accept his parents’ toxic beliefs and the messages of self-hate from religion and society.

Hersh wrote BOY IN THE HOLE because “Life is hard. We all struggle growing up. I wanted to write a story that ties in current themes young people face today: sexuality, bullying, abuse, corruption in government and religion, and bring that thread back to a former time as a way of connecting the generations.”

“This is a wonderful book. It’s so full of psychological insight and taught family dynamics that it’s impossible to read without real reflection as well as thorough enjoyment. I was so moved by Jacob’s journey, and so compelled by the fullness of the characters here there is an entire poignant world at the heart of this book, and it offers a rich, rewarding read.”—Editor John Knight


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