Fifteen-year-old amateur magician Ben Pinter never thought the fact that he didn't believe in god was a big deal. That is, until his parents moved him from Massachusetts to a conservative religious school in Colorado. With help and guidance from his gay sister who is off at college and his brother who is stationed in Iraq, Ben tries to find a way to live in a town where tolerance and understanding for those with different beliefs is in short supply, in the process learning that respect has to go in both directions.
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Ali Berman received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work can be found in Unsaid Literary Journal, Elimae, and is forthcoming in Puerto del Sol. When not devoting her time to her fiction, Ali works as a humane educator for HEART, teaching children about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics issues. She is also the senior editor of Ecorazzi.com.