Book: Born Outlander - A Novel by Matthew Bouviercategories: Book, Fiction, LGBTQ, Child Abuse, Suicide, Education, Childhood, Chronic Illness, Precocious Child, Afro-Latino, African-American, Mental Illness, Coming of Age
Matthew Bouvierabout this book: My debut novel, "Born Outlander", is a coming-of-age story about a boy named Elijah Cattouse. Born to parents who came together because of their own childhood trauma, he's forced to navigate many challenges be it he has no one but himself to rely on. These experiences include bullying at home and school, an indifferent mother, an abusive father, and being a young man of color who's also queer growing up in the Midwest. It took me roughly two years to write, though it is a short read, and I believe anyone can resonate with the main message. Many people stay in abusive/toxic relationships for a variety of reasons, but they must remember that their well-being is what's most important. That is the primary message of this novel, which is loosely based on my own childhood. I chose a red cover because I believe is speaks to the emotional depth of my message, aside from who the narrator is.
The title is "Born Outlander" because basically, that's what Elijah is; a foreigner in a place and family he's forced to call his own. Despite these challenges, including both chronic and mental illnesses, he grows to be the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, and graduates salutatorian of his class from high school. The book ends following his graduation, leaving his fate to the imagination of the reader. Nonetheless, again, the themes of and self-empowerment triumph are meant to be an inspirational.
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