Jonathan LaPoma

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Understanding the Alacran Jonathan LaPoma

***ADVANCE REVIEW COPY OF DARK BUT HUMOROUS COMING-OF-AGE NOVEL*** Trying to escape the oppression leading him to crime, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture. But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the dark underbelly of the small town that, while beautiful, is ravaged by drug trafficking. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death?



Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story Jonathan LaPoma

-#1 Amazon Best Seller ("Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories) -Winner of 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes (Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction category) -"Raw and edgy. . . Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system. . ." --Kirkus Reviews, Recommended Review -"A scathing comic novel . . ." --Patrick Murtha, Book 'em, Danno -"Incredibly artistic . . . raw and endearing." --San Francisco Book Review DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.