A Boy Named Trout
by Mercy Strongheart
Published by: Auctus Publishers on January 3, 2017
Print ISBN: 978-0-9979607-0-9
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9979607-1-6
In 1976, in the fields of Northern New Mexico’s scrub grass and coyote fences,
a twelve-year old boy named Trout searches for integrity in an increasingly
volatile family that is free of moral inhibition. Trout takes it upon himself
to protect his mute younger sister, Heaven, and seek out a better life for the
two of them. All the while, he must avoid abusive anger of his parents.
Before he can take action, a series of events fractures his family forever. Trout
and his siblings are left to pick up the pieces and determine if they can ever
manage to forgive their parents and each other.
A Boy Named Trout is a story about inter-generational patterns of addiction
and abuse, and the power of familial bonds to save us and destroy us. Set
against the backdrop of the hippie movement in the 1960s and ‘70s, when
dictums such as “If it feels good do it” guided personal philosophies, A Boy
Named Trout examines the creation of social morality and looks at how one
follows their own inner compass when it contradicts cultural norms. Ultimately
an uplifting message of strength and love, A Boy Named Trout is an
important story for anyone touched by alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse,
poverty, and cataclysmic social movements.