Drawing Breath is a thoughtful, character-driven novel. The reader wants to better understand how chronic illness factors into a person’s life and family relationships. Or wants to remember the magic of a first real crush.
The Book has been self-published via Amazon and CreateSpace and is available as eBook and Paperback - 142 pages - released in May 2012.
About the Book
Daniel Benedetto, an art teacher and painter with cystic fibrosis, knows that at thirty-four, he's past his "expiration date."
However, he refuses to let that stop him from making the best of the time he has left.
Despite the warnings of his overprotective sister, he gives what he can to his students, his art, and even though some of his choices have been questionable, he wants the possibility of a romantic relationship. Caitlin Kelly, sixteen, is one of his students. She's known Daniel for six years, ever since he moved into the second-floor apartment of her mother's house. She's never seen Daniel as someone to be pitied; she sees past the CF to the man he is and the friend he's become.
Maybe she does have a crush on him, but it frustrates her to no end to see how people - especially women - treat him like a freak because of his disease. Convinced that one of these women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes a regrettable choice that she might not be able to undo.
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- "[...] This is one of the most beautifully written novels I've read this year. The prose flows along smoothly, and Boris's understanding of the subtlety of language shines through. Her main characters are lovingly drawn and perfectly fleshed out, as is to be expected. But the brushstrokes with which she paints the lesser characters are even more impressive. There are no cardboard cutouts in this book.
If you want to remember what your first crush felt like, read this book immediately. Even if you don't, read it anyway. Laurie Boris is a writer to remember." - Susan Bennett
- "[...] 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." - Karen Bryant Doering
- "[...] This well-written and thought-provoking story will appeal to a wide range of readers, anyone who fondly remembers how it feels to fall in love for the first time, to anyone who has ever struggled to overcome how they are perceived by others, to become the people they are supposed to be. I highly recommend this title. I could not put it down." - Donna Dillon
- " This love story was beautiful to read! I enjoyed the art aspects of the story that tie in with a love that was truly from the heart and soul despite the obstacles!" - Anne Desrosiers
- "Drawing Breath, the second novel by talented wordsmith Laurie Boris, is an achingly beautiful story of friendship and growing pains, and ultimately, of love - specifically the lengths a girl on the cusp of womanhood is willing to go to prove her love and fix a terrible mistake she's made before it's too late. Vivid, realistic characters in all-too-real situations drew me in, while the even pace held me in a firm yet tender grip all the way to the end. It got me in the guts and left me breathless." - Jennifer D. (Amazon)
About the Author
Laurie covered zoning and planning board meetings for other correspondents when they went on vacation. She sat on a succession of metal folding chairs for three or four hours at a time while she scribbled notes and raced home to meet the midnight filing deadlines.
She started writing short fiction when she was between jobs, then got an idea for a novel. But she didn’t know “how” to write one and learned the hard way, by getting critiques, sitting in workshops, rewriting draft after draft, and, once it was done, earning enough rejection letters to wallpaper my living room.
But Laurie kept going, basically because she can’t stop. Now she works the novels around her freelance writing and editing business.
Laurie Boris currently writes her next novel, tentatively titled The C Word, which involves a family that has kept too many things secret for too long.
Links to the Author and the Book
Link to Laurie Boris's Website
Connect with the Author via Twitter: @LaurieBoris
Link to the eBook Drawing Breath with Excerpt on Amazon
Link to the Paperback Drawing Breath with Excerpt on Amazon