is the name of our central character. And it tells the
story of a poor joyless boy who is determined to experience
something called happiness, especially romantic happiness,
before he dies.
it is not to be. Joy, the narrator of our story and
Boneme's dream girl, dies at our poor desperate boy's
Is this picture
book a cautionary tale about unrealistic hopes of happiness…
unattainable dreams of joy? Or is it a nihilistic fairy
is a tale for telling when there is nothing left to
say… It is a tale for telling when tragedy is
neither beautiful nor profound, only overwhelmingly
painful and ugly.
It is a tale
to be told when tragedy is utterly unredeemable.
people born unhappy every day… or are quickly
made unhappy after birth. Boneme is just one. Their
stories rarely get recorded or told. And... for good
reason. No one wants to hear it. That is why this silent
majority is so silent.