J. Michael Neal
Melancholy Donkey Press
Genre: New Adult, 16+
Print 422 pages, 6x9 softcover $17, eBook $7.49
ISBN 978-0-9970258-0-4, ISBN 978-0-9970258-1-1
Available from Amazon.com, BN.com, and IngramSpark
Eighteen year old Phoebe Rose spent her childhood in one foster household after another, never having a place she could feel safe or group of friends she belonged to. What kept her going was hockey. The rink was the only place she felt at home. Now what she wants more than anything is to play on her college hockey team – to leave her past behind and start building a new life. But she knows things are never that simple. Becoming Phoebe is about painful secrets, unexpected friendships and joining a team so you can become your true self.
IPPY Midwest Regional Fiction Bronze Medal Winner
There are currently 14 5 star reviews on Amazon.
Neal’s decision to explore Phoebe’s life in a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards turns out to be a brilliant stroke of storytelling. An emotionally gripping narrative. A triumphant tale of surviving abuse, embracing hockey and finding love. – Kirkus Reviews
Becoming Phoebe, like its protagonist, jumps in right away and never quits for even a minute. J. Michael Neal’s love of hockey shines through on every page – and so does a profound caring for young people trying to find their way in the world through difficult life circumstances. – Marissa Lingen, author of Dragon Brother and Other Stories.
I loved the fact that the author presented me with a story that was a blank canvas, as illustration of everything that Phoebe went through and by doing this the author allowed me to paint the picture that his words created in my own colours. A super read that is unlike anything I have read before. Will certainly add this author to my one to watch list. – Books Laid Bare.
About The Author
J. Michael Neal lives in Minneapolis, where he owns a house and in turn is owned by three cats. One of his short stories was anthologized in By Polaris Bright, and another “living after noon” won the open division of the 2013 Minnesota Geek Partnership Contest Society Writer.