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Yo,‘ Ray said. 'Thanks for savin my wretched lame-ass life.’
‘Say thanks again and I’ll kill you. Anyway, I did it to spite you.’
‘Son, dyin’s easy. It’s the livin that worries me. Gonna let you drown, leave me to face the craziness on my own?’
Best friends Ray and José are not your typical teenagers. They’re on their own and on the run. Escaping foster care and juvenile detention, they hide out in a wildwood Harlem park called Ten Mile River. Street-smart José and bookish, introspective Ray are closer than brothers until they meet Trini. She’s clever, beautiful, and confident, and they both fall for her immediately. As tension creeps into the boys’ friendship, Ray must struggle to find a future for himself beyond Ten Mile River.
Imagine Of Mice and Men meets Good Will Hunting and you’ll have an idea of Ten Mile River—a compelling debut novel about survival and friendship on the streets of New York City.Paul Griffin’s spare, moving prose and uncanny ear for authentic dialogue is guaranteed to garner many fans.
‘Tom and Huck for a new era, a new generation. This book’s got balls and beauty in equal measure.’
‘I love the rough and tumble of Ray and Jose’s relationship. I’ve never been to Ten Mile River but this story about the curse of brotherhood rings true.’
‘A striking debut…The language is tough but convincing, the setting authentic, the characters memorable and their struggles played out with a complexity that respects the audience’s intelligence.’
‘The most powerful feature of the book is the friendship between the boys, captured in all its contradictions…The loyalty that is so often portrayed as wholly positive has its downfalls here. This and the open ending are just two of the complexities that raise Ten Mile River above the ordinary. …grittily credible.’