Episodes from the Life of Diego Jones or better every year
Episodes from the Life of Diego Jones (working title) begins with two major life-changing events on the protagonist's sixteenth birthday, one of which is his first sexual experience with another male. Diego Jones is a biracial (half-black American, half-Puerto Rican) athletic phenom, excelling as a football running back in Florida. In a series of episode-like chapters, his struggles with inner- and outer-demons are explored from shifting viewpoints. Not only is Diego uncomfortable with his bisexuality, but he also contends with an absent father, his own promiscuity, clinical depression, pro-athlete pressures, failed romantic relationships, and being in love with his straight best friend. While following Diego through adolescence and into adulthood, the reader is taken through the ruminations of a self-destructive and unquiet mind. In spite of numerous athletic and professional victories, Diego is unable to shake himself free of doubt, sadness, and secrecy. All he wants in life is peace.