A Sharp Intake of Breath

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Dundurn, 2006 - Fiction - 287 pages
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Born with a split lip and cleft palate, Toshy Wolfman's life is an uphill battle. Believing he is dim-witted and ugly, Toshy finds his resentment slowly building as he is ridiculed, used, and misled. Ultimately, he is imprisoned after being caught stealing a valuable and famous diamond, the Orange Sunset.

But Toshy's story is not his alone - it is shared with his two sisters: Lil, a radical and a devotee of anarchist Emma Goldman; and Bessie, who goes to work for one of Goldmans enemies, the owners of the Orange Sunset. Toshy's love for his sisters drives him to make some of the bravest decisions of his life. But despite having seemingly overcome his obstacles, an aging Toshy stuns his nephew by asking for his assistance in committing suicide.Toshy wont fully explain his decision. Nor will he fully explain why, at this late stage in life, he is obsessed with making a journey to France.

 

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
13
Section 3
28
Section 4
38
Section 5
59
Section 6
63
Section 7
90
Section 8
104
Section 10
139
Section 11
184
Section 12
208
Section 13
222
Section 14
238
Section 15
267
Section 16
282
Copyright

Section 9
130

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About the author (2006)

John Miller's first novel, The Featherbed, received stellar reviews and earned a devoted readership upon its release in 2002. Besides novels, Miller has written on culture and politics, and in his spare time he provides consulting services to local and international non-profit organizations and governments. He lives in Toronto

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