Laurie Boris is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and former graphic designer. She is the author of three novels: The Joke’s on Me, Drawing Breath, and Don’t Tell Anyone. When not playing with the universe of imaginary people in her head, she enjoys baseball, cooking, reading, and helping aspiring novelists as a contributing writer and editor for IndiesUnlimited.com. She lives in New York’s lovely Hudson Valley.
When pneumonia lands Estelle Trager unconscious in the emergency room, it ruins everything for the stubborn 65-year-old woman. She’d been keeping a secret—a deadly secret—that she’d planned on taking to the grave. But now her son Adam and his wife, Liza, know about her tumors. Adam is outraged, but Estelle, who watched her mother and grandmother suffer from breast cancer in the days when no one dared speak its name, has no intention of putting her family or herself through the horrors of cancer treatment. Estelle decides there is only one solution: ask Liza, the 33-year-old daughter-in-law she once called a godless hippie raised by wolves, to kill her. A horrified Liza refuses and keeps the request—among other things—a secret from her furious husband. But she tells his younger brother, Charlie, a close friend from college with whom she shares her own confidences, despite Adam’s serious case of sibling rivalry. Armed with nutrition textbooks and her neighbor, a savvy nurse, can Liza win over her mother-in-law and convince her to consider other options before the cancer, the secrets, and Estelle’s determination to end her life win out?
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.
See for yourself why so many readers and reviewers said that once begun, they could not put Drawing Breath down.
What Other’s Are Saying About Don’t Tell Anyone
“It’s a beautiful story. It could’ve easily slid into a sad,depressive narrative about a woman dying of cancer, but Laurie spins an intriguing tale that is enjoyable, captivating and even funny at times. It will definitely keep you reading right up until the very end. I loved it.” – Donna Dillion
“Laurie Boris has written a touching story that deals with family issues that most of us would rather avoid. Cancer. Parental disapproval. Uncomfortable relationships. What sets this book apart is that the reader feels taken in by this family and joins in the struggles and conflicts. Ms. Boris has carefully crafted a story with unexpected twists, with familial confrontation, and most of all, with love.” – Lealand1234
What Other’s Are Saying About Drawing Breath
“…well-drawn, dimensional characters. This empathetic novel covers local turf from the Poughkeepsie station to Albany Med, and deserves a far wider audience.” – Chronogram Magazine
“…an achingly beautiful story of friendship and growing pains…”
“… a beautiful story about love, passion, need, and living life on your own terms…”
“…one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve read this year….” – Real Readers
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