By Rus VanWestervelt
Publication date 09/23/2019
Genre Literary Fiction
Sub Genres Inspirational / Epistolary
Paperback 978-0-6486706-0-5
ePub 978-0-6486706-1-2
Pages 436
Paperback US$23.99 / A$29.99
eBook $5.99

Why us? Why Me? Why wait until he was dead?

Joshua Amaranth devoted his life to teaching others. When he learns he has months to live, he gathers the experiences and wisdom of his life into a set of final lessons for a special group of former students. Called into his posthumous classroom are Sabrina Dey, Drew Sage, Mar Reston, Cassandra Worthing, and James Fraction – known affectionately as The Fossil Five.

Intended as a distress beacon in the internet age of hyperconnectivity, Amaranth’s final lessons are a deep dive into human connection and love that tear through the carefully constructed exterior of the man the Fossil Five knew and admired, revealing ecstatic love and devastating heartbreak that reflect the vulnerability in their own lives.

A path of darker secrets and betrayals awaits the five alums in letters and undiscovered documents, pushing them to the brink of their personal demons as they dance with the timeless intimacies and entanglements of love, loss, and redemption.

Join the Fossil Five on a journey that challenges the meaning of their existence – and yours – in this critical and transformative time.

So – we can do this together. Yes?




FOSSIL FIVE is a riveting contemplation of the unknown edges of love in life’s classroom. This book taught me that love really does transcend life, and the power of that love compounds in the hearts of others who have shared it. When I think about what it means to be a teacher, I know that it is more about learning than teaching. To help students open a window to their future is one of the greatest gifts of the profession. Lucky us. Lucky Josh Amaranth.” ~ JANE GORDON, Educator

FOSSIL FIVE truly is an open-hearted examination of intimacy, community, forgiveness and love set against an elaborate puzzle hunt full of dark corners and hidden depths.” ~ DIANE CURRY, Educator

I loved it! The Fossil Five has such an interesting premise—it’s so engrossing that I didn’t want to put it down. Fantastic!” ~ MICHELE WOJCIECHOWSKI, national award-winning author of Next Time I Move, They’ll Carry Me Out in a Box