“Dying in the Twilight of Summer” spins the fascinating tale of Great Pines. It is a story about lost innocence and the challenges of growing up in a small town. Great Pines could easily be any number of the small towns that continue to vanish in what remains of the once rugged American West. The story is told through the eyes of four young men growing up in a town losing its culture and everything that makes it unique. The boys find themselves waging a losing battle against the hands of time that only seem to continually bring more hardship and crush their dreams.
“Dying in the Twilight of Summer” offers something to readers of all ages. The themes of friendship and ambition are entirely American, and the difficulties in coming of age and defining of one’s self are timeless reflections that every free spirit has faced and typically never solved. First time author, Seth O’Connell, bursts onto the scene with a raw first hand account of contemporary American youth. Seth’s writing gives readers a glimpse into the obscure and uncomfortable time between youthful idealism and adult realism and exposes emotional self-conflicts with straight-forward, poignant prose.
Seth is a native of Montana. Born and raised in the tiny map dot of Marysville, he attended college in California’s Bay Area from 2003-2008, where he played baseball for one of California’s premiere junior colleges and went on to earn his degree in Biology from San Francisco State University. He also had two short stories recognized as finalists for the school’s Young Writers Fellowship Award. Seth returned to Montana after college, where he works as a journalist and is currently writing his second novel.
“Dying in the Twilight of Summer” is available for order at Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon, or through Seth’s website, www.OConnellbooks.com.