Cosmos Coyote and William the Nice
By Jim Heynen
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805064346, 288pp.)
Publication Date: June 2000
In this truly modern teenage love story, spirituality and sensuality burn equally bright.
"I have these two characters I hide behind. The real one is Cosmos Coyote and the phony one is William the Nice. But sometimes I get them mixed up, like now and almost all the time when I'm with you."
Cosmos DeHaag is a fast-thinking, law-bending, teenage songwriter from Seattle. In trouble with the law, he is sent to live with his conservative Christian relatives in Iowa and he splits his personality in two: William the Nice will play along, while Cosmos Coyote stays true. When he meets Cherlyn, a beautiful charismatic Christian, their passion takes them both by surprise and the lines between truth and falsehood, Cosmos and William, begin to blur. Now even Cosmos himself is unsure: is he being true when he lies, or lying when he's being true?
Jim Heynen explores teenage passion and spiritual yearning in a book for older teens that breaks boundaries and will entrance readers.
Jim Heynen is a product of both religious, conservative Iowa, and the cutting edge Pacific Northwest. He makes his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. For this year, he is a writer-in-residence at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.