Book: Drawing Breath by Laurie Boriscategories: Book, Artists, Student Teacher Stories, Contemporary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Teen Crush, Hudson Valley, Chronic Diseases, Art, Sibling Conflicts, Mother Daughter Stories, First Love, Cystic Fibrosis
Laurie Borisabout this book: I wrote Drawing Breath for a friend who lived into his thirties with cystic fibrosis at a time when those diagnosed in childhood were not expected to live past their teens. He was one of my heroes for the way he conducted his "borrowed time" – with dignity, and by doing the things he loved most. He inspired me to keep writing no matter what. But I always wanted to write something about him.
Shortly before he died, I learned that he'd never had a serious girlfriend and had never really let love into his life. This broke my heart into bits. So I started a story about Daniel, a thirty-four-year-old art teacher with cystic fibrosis, and one of his students, the sixteen-year-old daughter of his landlady, who lives in the downstairs apartment. Fiction, however, has a way of taking on a life of its own. The love I wanted to give Daniel (which was not Caitlin) became messy and inconvenient and had consequences that I never anticipated. Over a summer of private lessons, sixteen-year-old Caitlin is drawn deeper into Daniel's private life, and thinking that a woman he's interested in might try to hurt him, makes one really bad decision.
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