Destiny Gardens is John Harrison’s first novel.
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A disparate group of abandoned kids in the late 1950's band together for survival in a vacant and derelict public meeting hall. In their Dickensian world, they cross paths with Mafia godfather, Charles "Lucky" Luciano, and a sinister New Orleans pimp named Rance Charles who has arrived to reclaim what's his. In the style of Stephen King's THE BODY (aka Stand by Me), and the novels of S.E. Hinton, DESTINY GARDENS opens a door into a world not long ago where the definition of “child” and “adult” was a distinction without a difference.


DESTINY GARDENS is a compelling, heartwarming story of a group of discarded kids struggling to survive in the rough streets of 1950’s Pittsburgh. Harrison evokes a vivid portrait of the time and you will not soon forget his characters.

--Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of
Dune: House Atreides


Harrison's novel vividly recalls the confusing struggles of adolescence, amid the grimy atmosphere of a rusting Eastern city, and the evocative music, promise, and turbulence of the late 50's, early 1960s.  An enthralling book that brings us deeply into the inner lives of its youthful characters. 
--Stephen Billias, author of 
The American Book of the Dead and Quest for the 36


Both moving and original, Harrison has created a coming of age story that hasn’t often been told.  He has a wonderful eye for the place and the period, and spins out a story that is full of surprises.  An impressive fictional debut.
--David Guy, author
The Autobiography of My Body, and The Man Who Loved Dirty Books


In his debut novel, Harrison evokes time and place as gracefully as Betty Smith's classic coming-of-age tale, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. A coming-of-age story with a dash of Dickens, about friendship and family and love.

--Katherine Tomlinson, author of
Just Another Day in Paradise and LA Nocturne