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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492796832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492796831
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,206,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of Chekhov's characters is nicknamed "101 Misfortunes"; Sarah Cohen could give him a run for his money. Long-suffering Emerson has carried the torch for her ever since their college fling, but is he prepared for her move back to Syracuse? Woodstock author Boris writes lived-in, textured characters who feel like old friends." - Chronogram

"Laurie Boris has crafted a compelling story without gimmickry or contrivance. Her characters seem as real as the people who live down the block. Her prose is graceful and transparent and never forced. In short, Sliding Past Vertical is not to be missed." - Mary Maddox

About the Author

Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of four novels: The Joke's on Me, Drawing Breath, Don't Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York's lovely Hudson Valley.

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Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She has been writing fiction for over twenty-five years and is the award-winning author of four novels: The Joke's on Me, Drawing Breath, Don't Tell Anyone, and Sliding Past Vertical. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York's lovely Hudson Valley.

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Her characters are realistic, the dialogue pitch-perfect, and the story compelling.
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There are some novels that make you feel like you know the people involved, you can imagine their situations, where they live, what it looks like, what it smells like.
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I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading this book, but I really got hooked as I went along.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Awesome Indies Reviews on October 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
In Sliding Past Vertical Laurie Boris has written a love story without romantic illusions, a character-driven novel with suspense that never flags.

Sarah is a hapless twenty-something so careless she accidentally burns down the print shop where she works and so naive she agrees to hold drugs for her musician boyfriend who deals on the side. One afternoon, she comes home to find her apartment trashed and her roommate's parakeet dead. Terrified, Sarah turns to her old college sweetheart, Emerson, for help. She flees Boston for Albany and moves into the house where he lives. But it's apparent her troubles will follow.

Although the no-good boyfriend lurks in the background, the story's heart is the problematic relationship of Sarah and Emerson. She broke up with him, and he never completely got over the hurt. They have remained long-distance friends. He keeps his guard up with her. Sarah has qualms about reentering his life, but in this crisis she has nowhere else to turn. Emerson graduated a while ago, but he continues to live like a student, sharing the large house with several foreigners who have come to the United States to attend the university. One of them, kind and innocent Rashid, is his closest friend. The interplay between Rashid and Sarah adds another complication.

Sarah has flaws that are all too human. It irks her that Emerson makes money writing erotica for men's magazines, and she detests the idea that the sex objects in his stories might be modeled after her. Yet she chooses men who exploit her sexually. The irony seems to elude her. In general, she feels guilty about her mistakes but has trouble taking responsibility for them. It's as if she doesn't know how and keeps struggling to learn.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura Clark on September 22, 2013
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Anytime I pick up a book and become emotionally invested in the characters, I begin to imagine how the story might play out, how I'd like it to end for those involved. Laurie Boris has a knack for telling stories that do not go exactly as I first believe I would like them to --and yet I always love the way her books play out. Sliding Past Vertical is not an exception. Without giving anything away, there are twists and turns and bits and pieces that I would never have wanted the characters to do or experience, and those are the very parts that make this such a rich story...well that and the fact that I feel like I actually knew the characters, like they were people I'd encountered (or, occasionally, had been). Loved this book start to finish, and, as always, I can hardly wait to see what Ms. Boris gives us next.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donna Dillon on September 22, 2013
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I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Set in the 80's I was immediately intrigued. I would've been exactly the same age as Sarah and, for me, it was a brilliantly written trip down memory lane. The characters are real and believable, (everyone had a friend like Sarah: that one girl who made every bad decision, dated every wrong guy and expected you to pick up the pieces). The story is well thought out and moves smoothly without feeling rushed. It is definitely not a feel-good, sappy love story, but a true-to-life tale about a young girl who struggles to figure out who she is, what she wants and where she wants to be, often at the expense of people who truly care about her. In my honest opinion, it is a must-read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. Wyer on September 24, 2013
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Laurie Boris's latest novel, Siding Past Vertical is a novel about love, not the slushy happy ever after sort of love but real love; the sort of love that confuses us, or that we are often blind to.
Sarah's love life is complicated. Her latest boyfriend, Jay is a junkie. He keeps her dangling with promises guaranteed to be broken. The problem is that Sarah is besotted with him and is prepared to take all sorts of risks to stay with him. Sarah takes him back time after time only to be let down. She lets off steam by talking to her best friend and confidante, Emerson who she met and once loved when they were at university and who lives miles away in Syracuse.
It soon becomes apparent that Emerson still loves Sarah deeply. He is always there for her and continues to hope that she will return to him. Sarah however, appears to only love him like a brother. On paper, Emerson is exactly what Sarah needs. He is kind, works as a nurse with elderly patients by day, and is a writer, although Sarah disapproves heartily of some of his writing.
Sarah loses her job and following further heartache caused by Jay, she has her flat broken into. Terrified, she turns to the only person she can truly trust--Emerson. He travels down to rescue her, with his new polite flatmate, the naive Rachid.
What follows is a beautifully crafted work following these three characters and their relationships. It is alive with emotion. Laurie E Boris is a skilled writer who drags the reader effortlessly into their lives. Emerson desperately wants Sarah to come back into his life. Meanwhile, Rachid, betrothed to a woman he has never met, also falls under Sarah's spell. Sarah, confused by emotions, begins yet another journey down a destructive path, this time taking those who care most about her along with her.
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