SHORELINE TO MAINSTREAM
For you and me at any rate,’ he said, pointing to the side of
the mirror… I looked harder and saw the most painful sight yet.
Available October 2003
Shoreline to Mainstream is an autobiographical
novel that describes the progress of Frank Mack—an unworldly and intense
young man, who enters normal education just as he enters adolescence. We
follow his experiences as a naively ambitious youngster determined to carve
out a life for himself. However, given his unconventional background, Frank
soon discovers that life in mainstream education, and with people from
social groups he’s had little contact with before, is far removed from the
shoreline of his formerly unconventional education and the often-harrowing
life he leads on a down-market housing estate in the west of Scotland.
In the presence of schoolboy
caricatures of the world’s greatest thinkers, and of a mysterious boy who is
said to have worked a miracle in infancy, Frank ultimately discovers that
the life he feels inexorably drawn to, is not the one he was fated to live.
And, as he understands the meaning of the choices he’s made in life, he
reaches the grim conclusion that we sometimes sacrifice what is dearest to
us in order to achieve ambitions of importance only to ourselves.
outrageously funny, at others, deeply moving, From Shoreline to
Mainstream portrays the life and times of a reflective young man, whose
single-minded determination to explore the mysteries of his existence
results in a final revelation that is painful, yet illuminating; horrifying,
yet ultimately fulfilling.
disarmingly original book will remind you of the frailty of adolescent
aspirations, and the perils of self-absorption. It will also infiltrate your
emotions relentlessly, and encourage you to ask the sort of questions you’ve
been afraid to ask, in case the answers you receive are those you didn’t
want to hear.
comedy of errors, and a penetrating study of the rite of passage of a
youngster in search of his soul, From Shoreline to Mainstream
portrays the human condition at its most enigmatic and vulnerable. And as
such, it is a rewarding, informative, and often profoundly original read.
Shoreline to Mainstream
(2003) is published by Xlibris in association with Random House and is
www.amazon.com, other online booksellers, and
major bookstores. ISBN: HC 1-4134-0209-7. SC 1-4134-0208-9
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