Closer than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
This novel tells the story of Ben, a young gay man new to the metropolis, who is confronted by a series of odd, eccentric people, including drug dealers, goths, psychics, veteran author Loyd Larcher and ageing rock musicians Rick Schwagger and Heath Prityards. Making use of opportunities along the way he finds true love with a level headed and down to earth boyfriend. More
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About Alan Keslian

I was a Gay Liberation Front activist in London in the 1970s, among other things setting up West London GLF and organising gay dances attended by hundreds in Fulham Town Hall.
I have experienced and benefited from the huge change in attitudes towards Gay men and Lesbians in England and elsewhere during recent decades. During my teenage years, in the UK any sex between men was a crime, whereas now civil partnership offers a legal status on a par with marriage, and discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is increasingly outlawed. This transformation has huge implications for gay relationships, and my motive in writing is to explore the impact of this new freedom and portray its effects. My first novel, Goodmans Hotel, was published in 2003. My second, a more humorous book, Closer Than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey - came out in 2009. I believe my readers’ time is valuable, and try hard not to waste it.
I live with my partner in West London, and am a member of GALHA, the UK based Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association.

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Reviews of Closer than Breathing - A Light Gay Odyssey by Alan Keslian

Robert Stein, Jr reviewed on Feb. 11, 2021

Book had a good plot and read quite well.
The story seemed a little overdeveloped in spots an occasionally jumped from one subject to another without much detail.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Rigby Taylor reviewed on Dec. 30, 2020

‘Closer than Breathing’ has everything necessary for a good read – a likeable, realistic hero who faces life with intelligence, curiosity, courage and common sense as he meets with an interesting variety of people and situations that demand he ignores peer pressure and thinks carefully about what is best for him. As the sub-title suggests, his life is an odyssey, as it is for us all - a journey in which we learn from mistakes, make adjustments, and discover in the process who we are and what we really need if we want to live a contented, fulfilled life.
As a role model for young gay men, Ben is excellent; drinking in moderation, no drugs, reliable, hard working, yet modest and sensitive. What I also like, is that this is not just about being gay; it’s about real life, in which one’s sexual identity is simply another aspect of our character. A beautiful tale; I feel better for reading it.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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