The Blood of Bones: a novel
The boy's name is Tesfahun.
Nestled in the vastness of the Omo Valley, he lives among a tribe isolated from modern civilization where revenge killings and mingi children - omens of drought and pestilence - are left in the wilderness or thrown into the river for the sake of the tribe.
As friends are forced to avenge their family and babies disappear in the night, Tesfahun begins to question his beliefs and his people, growing further apart from his haunted mother and hardened father. After his initiation ceremony into manhood, he uncovers a terrible secret about his family that shakes the foundations of his identity.
The revelation sends him on a journey into the wild where he runs from his identity only to crash headfirst into what he fears the most.
The Blood of Bones is a mythic, coming-of-age tale that speaks to the struggle of finding one's identity against the expectations of where we come from. A visceral journey of violence and redemption, Based off actual tribal practices, this novel will bring you into a new world hidden from time.
"Delivering excellent detail to create an alluring environment, McQueen's coming-of-age myth is as compelling as it is creative...Readers of myth and fantasy will find familiar patterns, but McQueen breaks the mold by using his knowledge of tribal practices. As an outsider to the Omo Valley region, McQueen displays reverence as an outsider writing about traditional practices and the experience of colonization." - The BookLife Prize
Between Lions and Lambs
Everyone has a past including Ezekiel Clemons, the world's most influential and noticeable evangelist. Despite traveling the globe preaching and speaking to hundreds of thousands of followers, this man of God is haunted. At his side is Gerald, a friend and accomplice in hiding Ezekiel's sinful secrets despite his convictions. On the day of one of their televised meetings, faces from their previous lives return and send the two on a journey into what it means to have faith and the reasons for why they believe.
Told from Gerald's perspective and a series of flashbacks, the past and present collide as Ezekiel's demons he tried to run from return, forcing him - and Gerald - to acknowledge the things they fear the most. With insight and empathy, N.T. McQueen's provocative novel, Between Lions and Lambs, examines the nature of hypocrisy, the power of redemption and the faithfulness of grace until its shocking conclusion.
Praise for Between Lions and Lambs
"This is no simple religious novel; rather, it is a novel that provides insight into the deeper ways that religion works in the daily lives of the characters of McQueen's book. There are no easy black and white issues, no easy decisions. The characters are repeatedly challenged and by living through such challenges they (well, not all of them, but at leas us as readers) come to a new understanding of life. The writing alone is worth the read, the care and attention to language as something more than words."
- Doug Rice, author of Here Lies Memory: A Pittsburgh Novel and Between Appear and Disappear
"An insightful and provocative read for those who've watched the rise and fall of real-life televangelists such as Jim Bakker, McQueen s novel gets emotional traction by making Clemens a sometimes sympathetic character. Readers explore the forces that shaped him as they travel back in time to relive his troubled childhood with his own preacher father and the early years of his faith-healing ministry."
- Buffalo Daily News
(Volume One of the Pariah Series)
The most infamous figure in religion tells his side of the story in N.T. McQueen's intriguing novella, The Disciple. Told from the perspective of Judas himself, The Disciple is an intimate look at the driving forces and conflicts that lead to the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Take a look through the eyes of the one who betrayed his own as he struggles with his faith, his family, and the pulling forces between good and evil. From N.T. McQueen, author of Between Lions and Lambs, comes a story that will change your views about the disciple called Judas.
For Young Readers
Moses Jones and the Case of the Missing Sneaker
Have you ever lost something? Then maybe you can help Moses Jones and his furry friend, Finkle, retrace their steps to help them find Moses's lost shoe in...Moses Jones and the Case of the Missing Sneaker. Moses Jones wakes up one day to find one of his sneakers missing. Thus begins a quirky, sometimes silly, ride through town and back again. Will he and Finkle find what they are looking for? Find out in Moses Jones and The Case of the Missing Sneaker.