hidden, by Tomas Mournian


When Ahmed’s parents send him to the gay-to-straight bootcamp, Serenity Ridge, it’s with one goal: to “fix” their son, at any cost. But after eleven months of abuse, Ahmed runs away to San Francisco and twenty-four hours later finds himself living underground, perfectly hidden.

In San Francisco, he moves into a safehouse populated by a group of seven teens. Until they come of age, the kids hide from neighbors, ruthless bounty hunters and the police. Ahmed, now known as Ben, struggles to resolve his traumatic experience while living with a group of strangers in a place where friendship and sex are easily confused with love. Their fights, fears, and desires always threaten to shatter their fragile sanctuary as they struggle to survive adolescence in a place no one really wants to call home, yet where they choose to remain hidden.

hidden is a fresh, provocative, and utterly original fiction debut from Tomas Mournian about the underground safehouses that harbor teens who have escaped from abusive residential treatment centers. Once they arrive, these teens must stay hidden at the safehouses until they reach adulthood. Inspired by Barbara Walters ground-breaking 20/20 report about gay teens sent to bootcamps, Mournian broke the story for the San Francisco Bay Guardian about teens who escaped from those abusive bootcamps and found refuge in safehouses.

The article was syndicated internationally, and a short film based on the article was produced by George Michael and screened at Equality Rocks (view here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qqev2fCJNmc).

Tomas Mournian has written a compelling and deeply human debut novel that can only come from firsthand knowledge of a little known world.

Available from Amazon.com

 

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