The Osprey Man by Christopher Tuthill
Publisher: DX Varos Publishing (July 26, 2022)
Category: Young Adult, Coming of Age
Available in Print and ebook, 280 pages
Jacob is at that most magical time between childhood and adolescence. As the end of the school year approaches, he is dreaming of baseball and the beach, but most of all, about working on the comic book he and his best friend Jonathan have created, The Osprey Man. Then tragedy strikes and Jacob has to find an inner strength he is not sure he has.
This beautifully written tale of youth, coping, and working through grief is ideal for readers of all ages.
DX Varos Publishing
Guest Review by Sal
Christopher Tuthill’s ‘The Osprey Man’ is a story about loss, friendship, growing up and the little curve balls that life throws at us along the way.
Jacob is a young boy living in a small, rural town who spends his free time working on a comic book with his best friend. One seemingly normal day, Jacob is shocked to learn that his best friend, Jon, has been killed in an accident. Coping with the shock and grief brings old emotions to the surface for Jacob, as he had also lost his brother to cancer several years earlier.
Deciding that he still wishes for his and Jon’s comic book, ‘Osprey Man,’ to eventually see the light of day, Jacob asks for help from another friend, Kris, to finish it. His intention is for Kris to illustrate the book while Jacob writes it, but whether or not they will be able to finish the comic between Jacob’s new job at the local pizza place, the chores that he still has to finish at home every day, and the bullying of Kris’s older brother, is up in the air.
The summer of 1984 is both tragic and beautiful for Jacob as he comes to terms with the fact that his friend is gone forever, and the fact that he is growing up.
Tuthill has created a beautiful and moving novel, with all of the panache of a great YA story. It’s obvious from his writing that he understands how kids talk and act, and this glimpse back into the 1980’s seems as fresh and timely as ever.
Jacob was both relatable and interesting in his character, which made the story feel so much more unexpected in its direction. This is an author that I will definitely follow. I want to read more by Tuthill!
About the Author
Christopher Tuthill’s short fiction has appeared in The Mythic Circle, Dark Tales from Elder Regions, and Tales of Reverie. A native of Riverhead, on Long Island, and a graduate of Catholic schools, Chris grew up around many of the places and people that inspire his writing.
He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with his wife and children. He works as a librarian, and his hobbies include board games, baseball, hiking, camping, and telling stories to his three children. Among his other interests, he is co-founder of the New York Tolkien Conference.
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Praise for Osprey Man
“Osprey Man reveals its surprises, unwrapping them through the course of the story like birthday gifts.”- D.Donovan, Midwest Book Review
“Chris Tuthill crafts a really touching story with very relatable themes here. It’s a vivid coming of age tale of loss and endurance.”- Matt Caputo, Goodreads 5 Star Review
“I truly enjoyed this book. Full of nostalgia, heart break, love and loss. I definitely recommend this for young and old alike!”-Maria, Goodreads 5 Star Review
Thanks so much for your review, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the adventures of Jacob and The Osprey Man!
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I am so glad Sal enjoyed ‘The Osprey Man’! Thanks so much for hosting!
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