Mark Lichterman

The Climbing Boy

Mark Lichterman
Paperback


Illegally sold as a ‘climbing boy’ – a chimney sweep’s apprentice – for the pittance of back rent owed on the shack he and his mother had lived in before she died, Zachariah is now nothing more than a slave to his owner, an abusive drunk. His mother dead these past five years, the image of her face fading from his memory, the boy struggles to remember… but now she appears only in deep shadow, even in his dreams.

She is gone. Then, on the day before Christmas in 1843 – the very same mystical Christmas Eve that Scrooge received his three ghostly visitors – the familiar face of a kind woman strikes a deep chord in Zachariah, one that rekindles the memory of his mother, and gives the boy hope for a new and different future.

— “A magical Christmas tale – deserves to become a classic.”

“A dark, but hopeful, riveting look at London society in the 1800s.”

“You’ll fall in love with Zachariah…”

Becoming: A 26-part series for the Kindle.

Mark Lichterman
A 26 part series for Kindle


To an earlier generation, or two: do you remember your radio and Captain Midnight, The Lone Ranger, Junior Miss and Let’s Pretend? The first time you inhaled a cigarette? Your first swallow of hard liquor? The thrill of the first exploration of the body of your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife… your own body? Your first orgasm?

And do you remember when as a people we loved America, and showed it?

Then you might be ready for a nostalgic, funny, romantic, sexually frustrating story. One that might remind many of us of ourselves ‘way back then,’ when God’s most mysterious and awesome creation was the opposite sex. Becoming is about life and the often funny, sometimes sad, day-to-day things that stir the memories of our lives. Reminiscent of the Neil Simon trilogy, Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the humorous writing of Jean Shepherd in the mid and late sixties, yet it remains uniquely original.