Clouds Over Black Beach

by JJ Ollman


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Feeling alone in the world, Alex needs to gain his grandfather’s love.

On a warmer than usual spring day, Alex, a fifteen-year-old mixed-race boy hitchhiked his way from North Minneapolis to Duluth, Minnesota. His mother was dead—a victim of cancer, and his father left him with only a note to find his grandfather in Silver Bay. “Maybe he could take you in,” it said. Alex had never met his grandfather. In fact, his grandfather never even knew he existed. His father, whom he called Pete was estranged from Alex’s grandfather and had not communicated with him for over twenty years. Conflict with peers in school, racism, a young Anishinaabe girl, and a bitter man intent upon revenge crisscross his new life in Silver Bay. Two individuals, one young, one old, experience a rocky start to their newfound relationship and discover in the end, they may need each other.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 231 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 13, 2023)
ISBN10: 1977268579
ISBN13: 9781977268570
Genre: FICTION / Family Life / General

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JJ Ollman’s motivation for this story came when he took his fifteen-year-old grandson on a hike near Bean and Bear Lakes on the Superior Hiking Trail. Ollman has spent many hours hiking on the North Shore and the idea of placing a grandfather and grandson from vastly different backgrounds into a setting on the North Shore germinated in his mind for a year. Friends, readers, and family encouraged him to expand the story into a full-length novel. JJ Ollman lives in Southern Minnesota with his wife Cindy and spends too much time golfing.
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