Kent Quaney | One Breath from Drowning

Join author and essayist Kent Quaney, who will discuss his new novel, One Breath from Drowning.

This event is free and open to the public and will take place on the bookshop patio. GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of the featured book today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized. Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of the featured book from The King's English.

About the book:

A parallel journey of reckoning, honesty, and hope

One Breath from Drowning tracks the foundering relationship between Ryan Jensen, a lapsed Mormon from Utah and heretofore closeted aspiring actor, and Sam Carter, a cocky party- and surf-loving Australian realtor whose family connections and wealth have buffered him from the most severe consequences of his impulsive nature and poor decision-making. Their genuine yet tumultuous love is strained by their tendencies for self-deception and avoidance, their secrets and their baggage, and the ways their past choices haunt their present.

The two men find moments of joy and humor together in Sydney, but arrests, infidelities, and addictions force them to finally face the issues holding them back. Though it initially presents as a love story, One Breath from Drowning is a tale of spiritual bildungsroman told in parallel. Ryan and Sam's conflict and love ultimately push each of them to evolve, their transformation not the result of reckless acts of escape but the product of the fitful and difficult work of grappling with their complex realities.

Event date: 
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
One Breath from Drowning Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780299337148
Availability: Usually ships to store in 2-3 Days
Published: University of Wisconsin Press - June 9th, 2022