Whispers in the Alders

H A Callum


Alder Ferry would have been just another nondescript suburb living in the shadow of its urban parent if not for one detail: the mysterious stand of alder trees anchoring the town...

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Alder Ferry would have been just another nondescript suburb living in the shadow of its urban parent if not for one detail: the mysterious stand of alder trees anchoring the town to its past and standing as a reminder to the wilderness that once stood in its place.

In the shadows of the alders, a boy named Tommy found refuge. There, an eclectic book collection was his only companion through a tumultuous childhood, serving as his escape from the brutal realities of his life. That was until Aubrey appeared. Born of different worlds, the alders become their escape while their unlikely friendship blossoms into a love that few people ever come to understand or enjoy—proving that true friendship is a romantic pursuit in its purest form.

Together they come of age in a town hostile to their friendship—a friendship that challenges the intersecting boundaries of class, gender, and sexuality. Prejudice and privilege masquerade to destroy their dreams while class, gender, and faith collide. All are tested as Tommy and Aubrey carry each other through their teen years and into adulthood. 

Whispers in the Alders is an impassioned experience that will test the emotions and is a story that will linger with the reader long after the last page is turned.

What Others Are Saying:

"...the language deployed is truly on very high levels, descriptive but never self-important, with the finest selection of words. It's evident that Callum has worked a lot on this aspect, and I think it has paid off because there is a genuine authenticity about the text that transcends the word- and phrase level and reaches the sentence level." ---Lit Review Monthly

"Whispers in the Alders...is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing this year. H.A. Callum's novel redefines the concept of love and friendship...told in an engrossing first-person narrative, the plot is swift, and the pacing is excellent. I couldn't put this one down." ---Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

"...elements of classics like To Kill a MockingbirdThe Thorn Birds, and The Fall of the Year, written with the skill of Howard Frank Mosher, Truman Capote, or Harper Lee." ---The Publisher

by H A Callum
Page Count: 238
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Publish Date: September 20, 2018
Imprint: Brown Posey
Genre: Literary

FICTION / Coming of Age
FICTION / Small Town & Rural
FICTION / Romance / New Adult
FICTION / Friendship
FICTION / Literary
FICTION / Romance / Historical / 20th Century

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One of the Best YA Books I have read in years...

...and I am not just saying that.

Young Adult has unfortunately been put through a wringer of sorts, with the feeling that whenever I pick up a new title, I soon find it all reads and looks the same. Either the stories are impossibly sweet, syrupy and devoid of any actual realism, or they are thrown into the fantasy worlds, tagged with the term "Dystopian" and everything is either vampires, zombies, or takeoffs of Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, etc.

Callum has gone in the direction of real life. Growing up, coming to terms with some sense of place when you feel your family (especially) are pulling you every which way, and not giving you benefit of your own thoughts, dreams, and needs.

Tommy finds a strange peace in the alders near his home, and a strange and unique friend.

The storytelling is vivid, well-scripted and the characters are anything but stereotypes. Callum doesn't pull punches; things happen, and some are not the things you want. As painful as growing up can be, you follow Tommy as he and those around him weather their storms.

I await Callum's next work.