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Tales from the Bottom of My Sole

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Voted #1 on Goodreads: "Best Gay Canadian Fiction"!

When a long-lost sister shows up as a trans man named Luke, a series of precipitous events throws the lives of boyfriends Daniel and David into turmoil. While David attends an extravagant family reunion in Sicily, Daniel's ex Marcus plans the world-premiere of his one-man show. The couple's vertiginous exploration of sex,
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Paperback, 374 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by Guernica Editions
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    Jeff
    Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Tales from the Bottom of My Sole is a jubilant celebration of life. It's about love and family that transcend traditional views of acceptance. This is easily at the top of my best books of the year; most enjoyable and best written.

    David Kingston Yeh first introduced us to the fascinating world of Daniel and David in A Boy at the Edge of the World, two years ago. I remember how enamored I became with Yeh's writing. Tales from the Bottom of My Sole is so much more. Though you really don't need to
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    Richard Derus
    May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I RECEIVED A DRC FROM THE PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY. THANK YOU.

    My Review
    : First, read this:
    "{David's mother} is pretty Catholic. I think it's turn the woman's life upside-down if she ever found out one kid was gay and the other one trans." {says Daniel}

    Nadia sat straight-backed, observing the sailboats slipping past, chaperoned by raucous gulls. Her thin nostrils flared.

    "'I am made and remade continually,' she said. 'Different people draw different words from me.'"

    When I glanced at her, she said:
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    Jonathan Zeiler
    Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I was hooked when I read David’s first novel and have been waiting two years for this sequel.

    As a 35-year-old gay man who grew up in rural Saskatchewan, David’s writing validated similar feelings and experiences that I felt and had with family and friends. His writing also brought back realities I experienced during my dating life. Ironically these experiences are similar regardless of living in rural Saskatchewan or an urban city centre.

    David’s first novel resonated with me in the way it rela
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    Amos Lassen
    Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Yeh, David Kingston. “Tales from the Bottom of My Sole”, Guernica Editions Inc, 2020.

    Sex, Intimacy and Love

    Amos Lassen

    David Kingston Yeh’s “Tales from the Bottom of My Sole” celebrates life, love and family. that transcend traditional views of acceptance. -telling is perfection. Filled with wonderful dialogue and wonderful characters, this is a story that will keep you turning pages as quickly as possible.

    Daniel narrates the story and introduces us to an array of characters that stay with us lon
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    Coty
    Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: lgbt
    Following A Boy at the Edge of the World, in which a young man named Daniel comes to terms with his own sexuality and the lifestyles of others, we are gifted with the continuation of Daniel’s story with his boyfriend David and the myriad of people that encompass their world. Tales from the Bottom shows that upon aspects of ourselves change and evolve over time and is a refreshing lesson for those coming into their own adulthood or those needing a reminder of this. The eclectic crew assembled int ...more
    Jay
    Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The sequel to A Boy at the Edge of the World continues to follow Daniel Garneau as he navigates life as a gay, twenty something medical student in Toronto. Daniel is now living with his boyfriend David and is in love. Only when David’s sister, now a trans man, arrives does he realize how little he really knows about his boyfriend. With David away at a family reunion in Italy, advice from his closest friend Karen sets Daniel on a road to self discovery. Along the way he learns relationships, like ...more
    Don
    Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I really enjoyed reading this engaging and honest coming of age story. Tales From The Bottom Of My Sole follows the main character Daniel Garneau, a small town Northern Ontario boy moving to the big city for school, coming out and falling in love with his boyfriend David. In this sequel Daniel and David move in together and their relationship strengthens. When David leaves on an extended trip to Italy Daniel is faced with feelings of loneliness and insecurity. Oh, not to mention the fact that Da ...more
    Sarah C
    Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I did not know that this book was a sequel when I picked it up. I was intrigued by the cover and the synopsis, and I'm glad that I did not let the fact that I hadn't read the first book deter me from this.

    This book features some of the best characters I've ever had the joy in meeting. The main characters, David and Daniel, are an established gay couple - something that you see too rarely in media. They are surrounded by colorful characters that stand out on the page - from David's brother Luke
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    Shelf Blame
    Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
    Thank you NetGalley and Guernica Editions Inc for the digital ARC of this book!

    Tales from the Bottom of My Sole is David Kingston Yeh's follow up to Boy At the Edge of the World. The story follows Daniel as he navigates adulthood and the nuances that come with being gay and in a relationship.

    This book felt more like a collection of stories, as opposed to one cohesive book. It doesn't follow the pattern of conflict, climax, resolution. Not that this detracts from the story.

    David and his boyfriend
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    Andrea
    Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This sequel to A BOY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD is just as gloriously delightful and brimming with the essence of life as the first in this series. Though it can totally be read as a standalone, I adored the magic of meeting up with the crew from BOY and hearing the characters discuss their memories of things that happened in that first book.

    I remain in awe of David Kingston Yeh's writing. The world-building, the storytelling and depth of each and every character he writes is vivid and rich as we
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    Rafael Rodriguez
    Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    With this being the sequel to A Boy At The Edge Of The World I was so excited to see that it had come to be. With They day Danie being able to accept and discover his sexuality. only to come to terms with the little knowledge he has of his boyfriend starting the new adventure also as his sister comes back as a trans man throwing their world into a tail spin.

    Daniel narrates the story and introduces us to an array of characters that stay with us long after we close the covers. David and Daniel are
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    crystal fletcher
    Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    It was important to David Kingston Yeh to create a gay coming of age story that "captured the adventure, levity and wonder of young adulthood." He has beautifully accomplished this.

    From the chapters being titled after a relevant Canadian song--Robbie Robertson’s “Somewhere Down this Crazy River" to Tom Cochrane’s “Boy Inside the Man"--to all of the cityscapes, rural locations and misadventures...I felt like I was navigating them with protagonist Daniel Garneau (with an incredible playlist in my
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    Pierre Bois
    Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Like meeting up with old friends.

    Tales from the Bottom of my Sole is a wonderful follow-up to Yeh’s first novel A Boy at the Edge of the World. It’s funny, sexy, nostalgic, and although it tackles some serious subject matter, the story never takes itself too seriously. It is the perfect diversion for the moment we find ourselves in and leaves you wanting more more more!
    Rebecca G.
    Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wow such a fun filled continuation story of Daniel and David. In the first book there was definite complexity and chemistry between the character's that I really appreciated making me fall in love with Daniel and Karen the most. This continuation coming of age story kept me on the edge of my seat, leaving me wanting more. This is another soul reaching, epic adventure that is truly captivating. Daniel and Davids adventures return with David's older sister arriving on their doorstep. Although I do ...more
    Gavin Stephenson-Jackman
    Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A fun filled continuation of the story of Daniel and David as they grow into their lives together.  The adventure begins when David's older sister appears on their doorstep as Luke, a trans man. David's mother and sister are estranged and neither have shared with her about their sexual orientation so David, spending the summer with her in Sicily will prove interesting, especially when Luke makes an appearance. Daniel has his own drama back in Toronto with his brothers and their relationships.


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    Cristie Underwood
    Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: kindle
    This is the sequel to A Boy at the Edge of the World, which I have not read. The author captures the struggles of dating in your teens when you are gay. The realistic portrayal of loneliness and insecurity can help many young people experiencing these feelings. I am going to go back and read the other book now.
    John Carey
    David Kingston Yeh’s second novel picks up the life of the narrator of his first novel, Daniel Garneau, several years after the events of his first novel, A Boy at the Edge of the World. Daniel is in medical school and has been living with his partner David for a couple of years in Toronto. Where the first novel was about Daniel finding his social footing and finding love as a young gay man in Toronto, the second deals more with the tricky business of maintaining a long-term relationship.

    Yeh is
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    Edward Kucharski
    Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A wonderful coming of age story and page turner. Thoroughly devoured this book! A great escape during the pandemic.
    Rds
    Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A really enjoyable read. Engaging characters and a well drawn set of stories drawing out many facets of Toronto in ways that will resonate for many.
    Daniel Bois
    Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Tales from the Bottom of my Sole picks up right where its predecessor left off! The gang is back and ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Toronto’s Kensington Market. While Pat Garneau and his band take center stage, Parker Kapoor takes on the mosh pit, and David Gallucci disappears into the night with his brother, leaving Daniel Garneau to make awkward small talk with a reveler’s mysterious edgy date. As the evening unravels with all its mischievous adventures, and thought provoking and illumin ...more
    Goldie Herechuk
    Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    WOW....I think every avid reader should read one of these types of books at least once. Great writing!!!
    Michael BMac
    Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this book!!! I really liked Yeh’s previous book but he’s really finding his Writing groove in this one. On a feeling level, It reminds me somehow of coming home after a long time away...if that makes any sense...
    I can’t wait for his next book!!!
    Steve
    Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Tales from the Bottom of My Sole
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    David Kingston Yeh | Guernica Editions

    Tales from the Bottom of My Sole is the second book I read by David Kingston Yeh. I really enjoyed his first book, A Boy at the Edge (read my review here). What I liked most about the first book, was also experienced in Yeh’s new book – he tells the stories of people without judgement. Even those that should be judged for their behavior are positive characters with redeeming qualities. In Tales from the B
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    Vincent
    Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
    I had the pleasure of reading David’s first novel after what felt like years waiting for the book to be released. I read the first last year and loved the story, and received this sequel as a gift. The story was a good continuation, and tackled new subjects. I thought it portrayed a very apt description of the LGBTQ community and situations/dilemmas that may occur to some. I saw some good maturity in the characters and was left with a good ending.
    Dhrishya
    C/W: Mentions of abortions, mentions of miscarriage, dead-naming of a trans character, mentioned drug use, mentions of homophobia and transphobia

    "Tales from the Bottom on My Sole" is incredibly personal, yet casual and encompasses the messiness and structure of someone in their twenties with such ease. It was as if I was watching these events happen in my own friendship groups and we were just catching up on it.

    The structure of this story is unapologetically and frighteningly human. It uses the
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    Jennifer
    Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was a wonderful segue from A Boy at the Edge of the World. Revisiting Daniel Garneau, his brothers and friends. The characters would be fun to see either on the big screen or small screen. I just can't get enough of them. The flow of the book kept me wanting more hoping there is another book or two to read about this young man and his family and friends ...more
    R.J. Gilmour
    Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Just finished Yeh's second book, Tales from the Bottom of My Sole. The book continues the adventures of Yeh's protagonist, Daniel and his circle of friends who live in downtown Toronto. While written in a light and breezy manner, akin to something you would want to read on the beach, it is a pleasure to read about queer characters and their exploits in downtown Toronto. It is also fun to follow Daniel and his friends as they travel back and forth the city and all the landmarks of queer undergrou ...more
    Janine Rutledge
    Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Loved everything about this book. It was like catching up with old friends. Friends you’ve missed and are happy to see again. I love how David Kingston Yeh brings Canada into his writing, it’s comforting, not over the top. I love everything about his writing and look forward to reading more. Bravo!!
    Dmd
    Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A welcome return to the world of Daniel Garneau, his brothers, his friends and lovers. Can't wait to read where these characters go next.

    Well-written, thoughtful, insightful, imaginative. I especially liked the way the story telling often circles back on itself before reaching resolution. It was a bit like a dance. David Kingston Yeh is great at leading.
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    Pamela Durkin
    Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I am halfway through David Yeh's second novel and I can't put it down. With every word, I find myself being further immersed into the world of Daniel and David and their favourite Toronto haunts. Highly recommended! ...more
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    David Kingston Yeh holds his MA in cultural sociology from Queen’s University, is an alumnus of George Brown Theatre School, and attended Advanced Post Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. He works as a counsellor and educator in downtown Toronto, Canada. David resides up the street from a circus academy, along with his husband Daniel and a ...more

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