Breathing Lessons: A Novel

Breathing Lessons A Novel Nominee Lambda Literary Award Gay FictionA visceral new voice in gay fiction gives a novel on the life lessons learned by a homosexual man as he ages and matures A bold and explicit debut novel

  • Title: Breathing Lessons: A Novel
  • Author: Andy Sinclair
  • ISBN: 9781550653977
  • Page: 135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nominee 2016 Lambda Literary Award, Gay FictionA visceral new voice in gay fiction gives a novel on the life lessons learned by a homosexual man as he ages and matures A bold and explicit debut novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction, Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abusesNominee 2016 Lambda Literary Award, Gay FictionA visceral new voice in gay fiction gives a novel on the life lessons learned by a homosexual man as he ages and matures A bold and explicit debut novel by one of the most visceral new voices in gay fiction, Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced When a teenaged Henry came out to his mother, she worried only that he d be lonely At the time, he thought her concerns were old fashioned Two decades later, he s had supportive family and friends, he s well liked by the athletes who train with him, trusted in his professional life, parties whenever he pleases, and performs all manner of sexual acts with whomever he wants But as he gets older and, increasingly, the men he sleeps with are married, Henry finds that his mother may have been right Can he find the lasting intimacy he craves in his life amidst the equal opportunity freedom afforded by his generation s openness Learning to navigate between the two is as delicate as learning to breathe again.

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    1. I'm going through my 28th Lambda Award Nominees reading. Breathing Lessons is a finalist in the category Gay Fiction. And you know what? I've just finished it, and I don't want to read other books in this category. I have already my winner. THIS book could be a nominee in many categories - Best Debut or Gay Erotica or Gay Memoir. That is exactly that makes this novel so special - a refreshing mix of many genres written in an unique way.Breathing Lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a NORMAL gay g [...]

    2. Here on I note certain reviewers seem to consciously or unconsciously choose books which they will not like. It's like they do not know themselves enough to filter out certain choices automatically. Self knowledge and acknowledgement is great to have and the earlier we grasp it the better. With Breathing Lessons, Sinclair too explores how to try to attain this knowledge. How Henry realises that he does not want the transient but the lasting connection. How the search for this connection made hi [...]

    3. Breathing LessonsBy Andy SinclairEsplanade Books, 2015Four starsAndy Sinclair is an elegant writer. Terse, wry, clean. There is a strong visual quality to it, almost cinematic in the clarity of his imagery, but without excess or melodrama. The quality of his writing pulled me along through the many shortish chapters in this shortish book. That said, the structure of the book left me feeling confused and disoriented. There were moments when I wondered if this was in fact a series of parallel vign [...]

    4. The language is frank and bold at times, but it reflects a reality many people exist in today. We get a clear sense of Henry’s thoughts and confusions and feel for him. We see the errors that he makes in judgement at times and realize that we ourselves have made similar errors in our own lives. The book is a brilliant read to reflect and ponder one’s own life upon no matter what preferences one has.tinyurl/o5uu2sq

    5. I was really impressed by Andy Sinclair’s writing and delighted to read him—especially as I don’t read much lit from gay men. He's extraordinarily talented and I look forward to what he'll write in the future. But there was a lot of repetition between stories here that began to wear on me. (Publishers, connected stories are not the way to go. The sameness dulls, and you under-appreciate what your readers want/will enjoy.) Despite the advertising, this book was not even close to a novel.

    6. I found the book an interesting read. It really didn't seem to have much of a plot, but when I thought more about it, maybe the plot was a man's descent into chronically loving the unavailable man. It jumps all over the place from his childhood, teenage years, to different locations he's lived over the years, to different men's he's pined for. I found the lack of flow a bit off putting, but I'm still going to give it four stars because he held my attention.

    7. Well that was boring. Lots of meaningless and completely unerotic sex; too many drugs; and a nervous breakdown. Charming.

    8. An alternate title for this book could have been, "The Endgame of Libertine Sex As An Adult." It was a sad--if not damning--indictment of the stereotypes about LGBT culture taken to their farthest conclusion. It's not that much of a surprise that this was a bad book. Bad books happen. What was really troubling was that it was in contention for the LAMDA Literary award. Respectability politics aside, this was an unintentional cautionary tale. The author is lucky to be alive. Reading this however, [...]

    9. I was a juror for the inaugural Frank Hegyi Award, and this book was on the shortlist of five books. From our descriptions of the shortlisted novels: Andy Sinclair's stunning debut Breathing Lessons, while called a novel, is actually a collection of linked short stories about a young gay man's quest for meaning. Like many queer young people before him Henry Moss leaves small town northern Ontario for the anonymity of big city life. Henry hooks up with a stream of partners, often falling for the [...]

    10. A slim novel of unembellished prose that packs a fairly staggering cumulative effect.But first, I have to say that who ever wrote the cover description, did this book no favor. I'm not sure that saying "Breathing lessons is the story of Henry Moss, a homosexual everyman whose life knows none of the limitations or abuses his predecessors experienced." is accurate. In searching for the cause of Henry Moss's deeply painful life, I think it would be fair to say that those "limitations or abuses" hav [...]

    11. Amazing writing, on the one hand, but was confused by this book's marketing. The back cover plot summary of this "debut novel" does not match the contents. It is hard to see any connection between many of the chapters. Sometimes characters appear just once and then disappear. If truly the first person protagonist was Henry Moss throughout then he is magnificently compartmentalized. However, that said, the writing is powerful, and overcomes the defiant structure.

    12. I had expected a lot from this book because it is a Lamba finalist, but I was a little unimpressed. It has no definitive plot rendering the parts of a story seem blurry. But I guess this style of writing earned it its citation from the Lamba Circle. This being said, I am still not impressed for it did not answer the question it set itself out to clarify.

    13. Wonderful book that is probably not a novel. Maybe a short story collection is the most appropriate description. Well worth the short time it takes to read. Well developed characters supply beautiful sudden insights.

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