Tales from the Bottom of My Sole
Book Review | 📚📚📚📚 4/5
David Kingston Yeh | Guernica Editions
Tales from the Bottom of My Sole is the second book I read by David Kingston Yeh. I really enjoyed his first book, A Boy at the Edge (read my review here). What I liked most about the first book, was also experienced in Yeh’s new book – he tells the stories of people without judgement. Even those that should be judged for their behavior are positive characters with redeeming qualities. In Tales from the Bottom of My Sole, I especially liked how he not only continued to include people’s diversity as incidental, but that the group of friends have so many different personalities and lifestyles and everyone is treated humane.
This is a fun book that has lots of humor and awkward moments. The relationships are key, both the blood relationships, the dating relationships, and the friendships, new and old. I really enjoyed reading this book having read some heavy books just before. Also like the first book, TFBMS makes lots of references to Canada and Canadian culture. It is refreshing not to have everything in a US perspective and, frankly, I enjoyed learning about Toronto.
While fiction is just that, I have a suspicion that if I were in Toronto and looked up author David Kingston Yeh, he might very likely channel his inner Daniel and show me around with all the hospitality and willingness to help out a friend (new or old) as his protagonist.
There are just a couple of comments about this book itself that I questioned. First, this reads as a collection of short stories and I really think that this could have been fleshed out into a much more cohesive novel. All of the storyline elements were there. It just seemed to jump around and not always connect or reference previous chapters. Also, I am confused why the book would be titled in reference to the protagonist’s ex-boyfriend’s artistic show. There’s not much reference to the show or the title and it, frankly, doesn’t seem to have much to do with Daniel or the story (stories). Unless, I missed something….
DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC through NetGalley.com, but had planned to read this book since I enjoyed Yeah’s first book so much.
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