Small Fish Big Fish: A Coming of Age Novel
Scotland, 1965. Seventeen-year-old Stephen McBride has a dull, grey, average life in the impoverished town of Ferguslie Park. When he sees ten pounds on the floor of the corner shop, he takes a risk and spends the money on himself at the local fairground. He doesn't know it at the time, but his one dishonest decision changes the rest of his life.
Bully Archie Stewart and a gang of thugs corner Stephen at the fairground and grab the money. When the gang leader later apologizes and takes Stephen under his wing, Stephen finds himself drawn into an escalating world of criminality from which he can't escape.
After the owner of the corner shop is found dead, Stephen knows Archie is the one responsible. If he comes clean, he'll clear his conscience, but he may lose his best friend, his family, and the girl he loves in the process.
Set in Scotland during the 1960s, Small Fish Big Fish is the coming of age story of a young man finding his place in a difficult world. If you like gritty settings, compelling characters, suspenseful mystery, and a touch of young romance, then you'll love Jacob Carlisle's twist on the traditional coming of age tale.Buy Small Fish Big Fish to start the well-written and riveting novel today!
"What drew me in were the different layers the author weaved into the plot, ranging from philosophy, violence, immigration, and love. Small Fish Big Fish is an ambitious story, and the author does a very impressive job in tying the different elements together." K. Kumar "Carlisle's writing clearly conveys a solid sense of character, setting and time. I felt like I was really 'there' throughout the story. The plot is complex and requires attention, but Carlisle's writing make that easy. This book has multiple elements: mystery, action, romance, and excellent characterization. If you're looking for a new and different twist on the coming of age story, read this now!" PM (Amazon.com)
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