From an anti-other political climate comes a novel that gives voice to outcasts tyrannized by power. Boy in the Hole is the gripping account of Jacob, a boy wrestling to understand himself, his family, and the world in which he lives as he grows up in the Deep South in the ’70s.
Emerging from a family of sexual deviancy and alcoholism masked by religion and wealth, Jacob learns to define who he is, but struggles to find the balance between faith and sexuality. To embrace his true identity, he must go on an exodus to face his demons and overcome the pressures to conform. But his parents’ toxic beliefs and the messages of self-hate taught by religion and society could prove his undoing.
Will Jacob love himself despite the potential isolation? Or will he conform to the norms and settle for mediocrity…and a life in which he can never truly live?
I was hooked from the first page. The author has a captivating, but matter of fact style of writing that draws the reader in and makes them vividly see and experience everything the characters are experiencing. The story follows Jacob as he grows up in an abusive and frankly mentally ill family as he deals with his sexuality, abuse, and downright cruelty. As a mother and survivor of some abuse this story was frankly hard to read at times and uncomfortable in its’ honesty, but that’s why it feels so important. As painful and vivid as some parts are, I couldn’t stop reading because of how engaging the story was and how vividly told
~ James Calabro
About Akiva Hersh
Neuropsychologist and profiler writes a novel about bullying, sexuality, and abuse.
Akiva Hersh’s novel BOY IN THE HOLE is being released in October the week of National Coming Out Day.
Akiva has degrees in Neurolinguistics and Theology and a background in training agents in the CIA, FBI, and Law Enforcement Officers; managers at Dell and 3M; professors at the University of Texas; supervisors at the United States Postal Service, and has consulted with various security details.
He has helped abuse survivors, victims of bullying, and those struggling to come out as LGBTQ, and has volumes to say about how friends, families, and schools can help.
When not writing Literary Fiction and Thrillers, Akiva pens short stories and poems, hikes with his insane but devoted Miniature American Shepherd Zeke, plays classical piano and enjoys suspense/horror flicks.
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