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Local Author Reading at Town of Esopus Library
Kingston, New York, September 4, 2012 – Kingston-area author Laurie Boris will be reading from her contemporary novel, Drawing Breath, at the Town of Esopus Library in Port Ewen, New York on Sunday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Drawing Breath is Laurie Boris’s second published novel and first self-published, full-length work. In the story, art teacher Daniel Benedetto has cystic fibrosis. At thirty-four, he’s already outlived his doctor’s “expiration date,” but that doesn’t stop him from giving all he can to his students and his work. When he takes on Caitlin, his landlady’s daughter, as a private student, the budding teen painter watches in torment as other people, especially women, treat Daniel like a freak because of his condition. To Caitlin, Daniel is not a disease, not someone to pity or take care of but someone to care for, a friend, and her first real crush. Convinced one of those women is about to hurt him, Caitlin makes one very bad decision.
Boris dedicated the novel to a friend who died from cystic fibrosis in his mid-thirties. “He inspired me to keep writing, no matter what, because of the way he conducted his own life. He was a person with talent and a passion for life, not a disease. So is Daniel. I’m hoping that like Caitlin, the reader will discover that people with chronic diseases are people, first and foremost, and are not defined by their illnesses.”
The novel, earning critical acclaim since its May release, is available through Amazon, as an e-book or paperback. Retail price for the paperback is $8.99; 147 pages. ISBN assigned is 978-1475270235. The e-book sells for $2.99.
About Laurie Boris
Laurie Boris, a freelance writer, former graphic designer, and closet stand-up comedian, has had her short fiction published in small magazines and on the Web. The Joke’s on Me, her first novel, was released in July 2011 by 4RV Publishing. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Paul Blumstein, a commercial illustrator and web designer.