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  • By Glenn Vick
    Oct 31, 2011
    Ed Breeding has captured a feeling of the South that envelopes one like the taste of red velvet cake on the tongue. The overwhelming sweetness of the cake is not unlike the overbearing sweetness of the ladies at a church social. Ed offers up the surrounding beauty while giving those inevitable rough edges a voice of their own. Ethan, like many young men growing up in the Bible Belt, is feed many, many untruths about life and this book shows that literally getting oneself away from all the common day prejudices is the only way to cope with life in a realistic way. Especially for those whose heart answers to the beat of a different drum. This book is a must read for all who would seek better understanding of the struggles that gay men must overcome in order to step up and accept their role in life. If you are looking for answers, this book provides them and what a great ride to the finish. The writing is smooth, the story fascinating and the ending angelic - not unlike the icing on a... More > red velvet cake – holding the cake together and lifting it up to newer heights. Feel like having your heart touched? Then read this book, and I dare you not to soar with it.< Less
  • By Ed Breeding
    Dec 1, 2007
    "Eugenia B. Christensen-Listed in The World Who's Who of Women" Your writing is nothing less than seductive. Your use of adjectives is gripping but not tiresome. The verbs carry the motion right along but always smoothly. Rather than having a slick professional quality about it, it flows naturally with an unassuming grace and beauty that never interfer with the story. It is truly remarkable. (Excerpt of a letter to Ed from Eugenia)
  • By deborahthepoet
    Jul 5, 2007
    "The Belt & Beyond" I enjoyed getting to know the main character, Ethan. "You can't really know a person unless you know where they have been" I felt by the time Ethan reached adulthood I knew his heart which then helped to understand why and how Ethan made the choices he did in his adult life...My compliments to the writer! It was written as it should be. It flowed like a river turning and twisting then exploding into the ocean with masterful waves . I reccomend the book to all. It is full of honesty and heart. I am anxiously awaiting for Mr.Breedings next book! The Poet
  • By Eric Fenner
    Mar 16, 2007
    ""When You Realize Who You Are ..."" A worthwhile read, THE BELT AND BEYOND maintains a very true and personal tone from the opening of the book nearly to the end. Ethan, the main character, struggles well into adulthood with his sexuality. He wishes strongly to be in love and to be loved as a human being, an openly gay man; however, just as strongly wishes to please his friends, family and church - and therefore seeks and exhausts every means he can find to aid him in becoming a model heterosexual. It is a painful conflict to observe here in writing and one that many homosexuals never quite resolve. That said - Ethan's joys and pains are often balanced. Ethan shares his successes as well as the small details that catch his eye and heart which others might miss. Ethan moves forward and continues to grow and stay alive while others succumb to the obstacles they perceive to be insurmountable. The crux of the book is most fully explored in conversations between... More > Ethan and a longtime friend and next in a dream journey. Typical arguments of sexuality versus religion (and the Bible) are paired with fresher and more intimate concepts on the purpose and nature of the Spirit. Overall, the writing and formatting flow in a narrative, journal-like fashion: incredibly personal, sometimes poetic, and sometimes a bit rough and in need of re-reading and likely a bit of sharpening. [Note: "Soaring higher than BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN," the tagline on the cover, pulls the story out of perspective. This 'piggybacking' is misplaced.]< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781411680661
Edition
1st
Publisher
Ed Breeding
Published
February 7, 2007
Language
English
Pages
227
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.87 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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