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Drawing Breath Paperback – May 4, 2012
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"There is an inviting flow to this author's writing. Pulls you right in, right away, without pretension or too much back story. Needless to say, I was intrigued and entertained from the start and my interest only increased as I turned the pages. Drawing Breath gives you a feel of real life with non-fictional type characters. They all come to life through what they say and what they don't. It is a slice of life that grabs hold and doesn't let go. I was emotionally tied to this deep story and moved by the way the author wrote with such passion." -Brenda Perlin, author, Brooklyn & Bo Chronicles
From the Author
Yet without having known Bill, I might have never written Drawing Breath. Heck, he's one of the reasons I finished my first book and kept going. He was one of my heroes, although I never told him. If I had, he probably would have laughed and changed the subject. He believed in doing art, not talking about art, and he didn't consider himself a hero. Despite having cystic fibrosis and being in pretty rough shape at times, he just went about his business, did his breathing therapy, took his medication, and poured his passion into the activities and people he loved, even though he was already way past his "expiration date."
We silly humans can put blinders on when looking at people with horrible chronic diseases. As if they're saints or something. Bill was flawed, like all of us. Human, like all of us. He could have a temper, especially when he sensed he was being humored or pitied. He blew deadlines. He spaced on details, which led to sometimes sad and sometimes comical results. For reasons I could never fathom even though he explained it to me (patiently) dozens of times, he was a big fan of professional boxing and especially Muhammad Ali. He could be frustrating, but he could also be sweet and thoughtful and kind, often when you least expected it. As far as I knew, he never had a real girlfriend, and that made me horribly sad, because he had so much to give and was so infinitely lovable. Maybe that's also one of the reasons I wrote this book. But muses work in funny ways. As the character of Daniel became less Bill and more Daniel, the love I wanted to give him became more complicated, more demanding, more human.
This book is dedicated to Bill, although he'd probably tell me to stop talking about him and get back to work. So I do. I put my head down and write another novel, and another, and another.
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Top Customer Reviews
Caitlin is a teenaged girl with a budding artistic talent which Daniel helps to foster. Hiding an adolescent crush on him she tries to learn the basics of fine art while she worships the object of her first love. Imagining herself an important famous artist with Daniel by her side she lives in the world of first crush that only a very young woman can.
Well written with a keen eye to detail and finely drawn characters Mrs. Boris draws the reader into the story with finesse' and skill. She includes the back stories at just the right moment giving us only the amount of information necessary. The dialogue is realistic and moves the story forward without wasted conversation or explanation.
I enjoyed this novel and was impressed with the way the author handled the very real depiction of a person who is suffering from a life threatening disease. While she elicits our sympathy she does not become overly maudlin, nor does she manipulate the reader.
I recommend this book highly.
Karen Bryant Doering,
Parent's Little Black Book
Saving the pivot on which the novel turns--the morally complex act of an infatuated teenage girl unmindful of more serious consequences--for a full two-thirds of the way in is a stroke of genius. We are treated to the slow buildup of characters as if they've been painted by the main protagonists themselves, revealing new facets as the light changes and layers are added. A gentle creative art teacher with a serious illness. A teenage girl struggling with the intensity of shiny new emotions. Her tired mother. A lonely trophy wife. A woman whose every action is informed by her pain and anxiety over her brother's condition. There is no hurry to get where we're going; time feels oddly suspended, almost irrelevant between the actions and emotions of the players on this quiet stage. And yet, as becomes clear, time is everything. Time, or its march onward, will thwart and torment. Will defeat love, even. For some. For most?
Cryptic as all this sounds, my aim is not to spoil the gentle spell of this courageous novel by over describing plot details. At heart, this is a love story. There are elements of an eternal love triangle, aspects of betrayal, dalliances with something darker, but the overall sense left with this reader was of something incredibly emotional and generous in spirit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When I first started reading Drawing Breath, I wasn't sure what to expect. I expected a student/teacher romance, which I kind of got, but not in the way I was expecting. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kayla's Reads and Reviews
The book was well written and the plot nicely done although a little slow in places.
The characters were multilayered and the emotions and tension between Caitlin and Daniel... Read more
What a beautiful love story! Written so well, with characters you really cared about and believed in. I sincerely hope this author keeps writing. This book was a real treasure.Published 9 months ago by SLB
I'm not sure what I expected from Drawing Breath. It's not typically the kind of book I read--not a murder in it. But as an art major myself, I was drawn in by the premise. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Polly Iyer
This is a glorious story about love and loss. It's the kind of story that's so well done, so riveting and moving, that you'll want to savor it, share it, and perhaps read again... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Candace Williams
I am not a fan of live stories. This isn't really a typical love story but rather a story of the tenderness of life's.Published 10 months ago by Nana
I really enjoyed reading this book. Reached for it every moment I could.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this story it has so much going on is easy to visualize and I love you characters. Keep it up!Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer