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David Kingston Yeh

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David Kingston Yeh A Boy at the Edge of the World is an episodic novel about a young gay mans exploration of sex, intimacy and love. Its inspired in part by my own…moreA Boy at the Edge of the World is an episodic novel about a young gay man’s exploration of sex, intimacy and love. It’s inspired in part by my own experiences moving to Toronto, and my work as an LGBTQ2S counselor. While the book’s overall approach is light, the issues it touches upon are not. When pitching the manuscript to publishers, I’d compare it to HBO’s Sex and the City, if only to highlight its dramedic tone and candid treatment.

I introduce the protagonist Daniel Garneau when he’s eighteen, and we follow his misadventures in dating and relationships over the next five years. It was important for me not to be circumspect or coy in depicting gay sexuality. But I wanted to offer the same privileged realism (and validation) that heteronormative sexuality enjoys in media and culture. As the same time, by keeping to a minimalist, documentary language, I hoped to actively engage readers in creating the story, one enlivened by their own personal, subjective meaning.

In structuring this book, I also observed how people share their lives through Facebook and Instagram feeds. What if I were to translate this form of story-telling into narrative prose? So the book is recounted in the first person, and begins with Daniel’s statement: “I could remember that moment as easily as turning a page in a photo album.” By the time I was done, I’d written a confabulated fictional memoir of sorts ~ lol. Of course, the autobiographical works of of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs were also influences.(less)
David Kingston Yeh Write what you would want to read. Dig deep into the emotional core of a scene; If you start to feel vulnerable, embarrassed or scared, then you've…moreWrite what you would want to read. Dig deep into the emotional core of a scene; If you start to feel vulnerable, embarrassed or scared, then you've struck gold-- keep on going! Remember to breathe. Write as if you were the last person on earth.(less)
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"The Boy at the Edge of the World is so entirely everything that I might cry flipping through it and trying to tell you why you should read it. I missed these people SO much when this ended. I couldn't get them out of my head. It felt like I'd live..." Read more of this review »
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"I wish I could find more well-written gay novels like this one. No vampires or werewolves here, no crimes to solve. No medically detailed gay sex scenes written by people who aren't actually gay. This is the real thing, a literary gay novel writte..." Read more of this review »
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"3/5 stars. Chaotic is the first word that comes to mind when describing this book. At times the book feels more like a series of vignettes than a story woven together with a plot. The main character, Daniel was, for me, endearing at times but more..." Read more of this review »
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