Trick Is to Keep Breathing (Paperback)

By Janice Galloway

Dalkey Archive Press, 9781564780812, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 2015



Janice Galloway's inventive first novel is about the breakdown of a 27-year-old drama teacher named Joy Stone. The problems of everyday living accumulate and begin to torture Joy, who blames her problems not on her work or on the accidental drowning of her illicit lover, but on herself. While painful and deeply serious, this is a novel of great warmth and energy: it's the wit and irony found in moments of despair that prove to be Joy's salvation. First published by Polygon in 1989 and Dalkey Archive Press in 1994, now available again.

About the Author

Janice Galloway's first novel "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" is now widely regarded as a classic of Scottish literature; it was shortlisted for three major prizes and won the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Her second novel, "Foreign Parts," won both the McVitie's Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E. M. Forster Award. Her latest book, "This Is Not About Me," won the SAC nonfiction Book of the Year Award in 2009. Galloway lives in Lanarkshire, Scotland.