The Selfless Act of Breathing

The Selfless Act of Breathing


The Selfless Act of Breathing

Author: JJ Bola

Michael decides to flee to America and end his life once all his savings run out. JJ Bola’s second novel is a story of millennial existential angst told through the eyes of a young Londoner who seems to have it all – a promising future, a solid career, strong friendships, a blossoming love story – but it’s the unbearable weight of life that leads him to decide to take his own.

As he grapples with issues bigger than him – political conflict, environmental desecration, police brutality – Michael seeks to find his place within a world that is complicated and unwelcoming. Although he finds solace in the people that surround him, he alone must decide if his life is worth living.

JJ Bola is back with a heart-wrenching and raw novel, tackling important issues such as mental health, police brutality and the power of love from his own unique perspective. Moonlight meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Original language

ENGLISH (UK & Comm. excl. Canada) | Dialogue Books/Little, Brown
ENGLISH (North America & Canada) | Atria Books / Simon & Schuster

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