The Garden of Fragile Things

My new novel, The Garden of Fragile Thingspublished by Vagabondage Press under their imprint Dark Alley Press, is available!

“A group of small-town New Jersey adolescent outsiders, a forest, a mysterious abandoned house, and a secret world within the world we inhabit provide the intriguing ingredients for this compelling, breezily-told tale by Richard J. O’Brien.  From the first couple of paragraphs, The Garden of Fragile Things holds you in its charm.  Anyone who is young, anyone who can or wants to remember the mystery, enchantment and fragility of youth will enjoy the rich mystery of O’Brien’s Garden of Fragile Things.  You won’t want to put it down – and you probably won’t either until there are no more pages to turn.”

Thomas E. Kennedy, author of In the Company of Angels, Beneath the Neon Egg, and Falling Sideways

In the late 1970s, Joe Godwin was just twelve years old, living in a working-class neighborhood. Plagued by bullies and a volatile home life, Joe spends his time with his three friends in search of adventure. The discovery of an abandon mansion during a simple camping trip in a state forest sets a series of consequences in motion between the boys, the inhabitants of the mansion, and the others who occupy the garden behind the colossal home. The Garden of Fragile Things is a literary dark tale that chronicles four boys’ coming of age against paranormal forces that operate between two worlds.


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