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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-919543-1
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 420 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-919544-8
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 420 pages
  • Keywords
    • taboo relationship,
    • underage consent,
    • healing journey,
    • psychological novel,
    • family restoration,
    • sex crime story,
    • trauma recovery

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They Flutter Behind You
by Brian Douglas

Brianna Barnes is sixteen, intelligent, sensitive, and in love. Things should be perfect. Except the man who adores her is thirty-seven and her high school guidance counselor. When the thrill of their illicit relationship comes crashing down, Brianna’s counselor, Trent Reynolds, is thrown into prison and her life into turmoil. Learning to survive behind bars as a convicted sex-offender, Trent struggles to fathom how things went so wrong. Could it be linked to what a family friend did to him as a child? Or to his father’s inexplicable brutality towards his only son? What comes next for Trent, his family, and his victim is completely unexpected. Prison psychiatrist Edmond Thackery is hopeful that against tremendous odds, Trent can overcome a lifetime of lies, abuse, and self-deception. Outside, those closest to Trent try to escape their own prisons in the aftermath of what his actions bring to light. A bold, gripping, and nuanced novel about the human capacity for deplorable acts, redemption, and transformation.

“Gorgeously written, soulful and deeply existential. A poetically raw depiction of love and conflict, abuse and redemption.” —Scott Rivers, Gabriola Island

Brian Douglas grew up in Alberta, Canada, and has lived, at least for a short while, in each of the prairie provinces prior to making British Columbia his home in 2017. He began working as a short-order cook in the seventh grade and has really never stopped working. While his careers have changed, from dishwasher to therapist to lighting designer to hospital crisis counselor, for as long as he can remember, writing has always been Brian’s greatest passion. He has three grown children, four grandchildren, and a deep respect for the broken human condition. Brian holds a master’s degree with a double major in clinical counseling and pastoral leadership. They Flutter Behind You is his first novel.


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