Trick Is to Keep Breathing

Trick Is to Keep Breathing

by Janice Galloway

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This inventive first novel explores the widespread problem of female depression. A 27-year-old drama teacher named Joy Stone is losing her grip on the world. The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture the narrator, who blames her problems not on her work or on the accidental death of her illict lover, but on herself. She reads horoscopes, plucks hairs, holds conversations inside and outside herself. A terrible memory tries to unfold but is resisted. Family and friends take on monstrous or pitiful guises; food threatens to become a major character. Clutching at the wrong things, the trick is to find those that let life go on. As things seen, things bought, and things said become obsessions, so the author conjures up the homely or horrifying world of litter in which the reader, like the heroine, lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564780812
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date: 08/27/2014
Series: Scottish Literature Series
Edition description: Available Again ed.
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 549,840
Product dimensions: 5.57(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Janice Galloway's first novel The Trick Is to Keep Breathing is now widely regarded as a classic of Scottish literature; it was shortlisted for three major prizes and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Her second novel, Foreign Parts, won both the McVitie's Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award. Her latest book, This Is Not About Me, won the SAC nonfiction Book of the Year Award in 2009. Galloway lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

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The Trick Is to Keep Breathing: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
curlywurly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the way the book reads is chunks of fragmented thought - makes it seem both real and sort of etherial and detatched at the same time. Honest insite into the immovable depths of clinical depression and genuine dispair.
lenoreva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recommended by the book "1001 Books to Read before you Die". The main character falls into a deep depression after the death of her lover and is in and out of institutions in an attempt to get on with life. Not the easiest novel to read, but very rewarding if you stick with it. If you liked "The Bell Jar", give this a try.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The main character in this novel, ironically named Joy, is as deeply depressed as any character I've encountered. Joy has lost her mother to suicide and has broken off her long-term relationship with a boyfriend. She started an affair with a married man who unexpectedly dies as well. Reviewers say the novel is full "of great warmth and energy", that "the wit and irony found in moments of despair prove to be Joy's salvation." It didn't feel that way to me. The novel closes with Joy drinking heavily (again) while bemoaning her life (again). I didn't see any salvation for Joy; Joy felt destined for suicide. We ought to check on Galloway, too, while we¿re at it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this book isn't more popular in the States! Ms. Galloway uses a very unique writing style and the result is absolutely amazing and beautiful. I enjoyed it so much, I didn't want it to end! It's been a while since a book has left me feeling that way! Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard the song by Garbage titled "The Trick is To Keep Breathing." I noticed in the credits for the CD that the title was used from a book. So I searched for it and found it here. Needless to say it is a great book. Dealing with her depression she takes you through some of her everyday trials and oddities. It will make you laugh and at one point probably make you go out of your mind. Her writing style is very unique. If you liked The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, you'll like The Trick is To Keep Breathing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my absolute favourite books! I loved everything - there are some very poetical qualities about this novel... amongst other lovelies. Definitely worth the read...