Yeh, David Kingston. “Tales from the Bottom of My Sole”, Guernica Editions Inc, 2020.
Sex, Intimacy and Love
David Kingston Yeh’s “Tales from the Bottom of My Sole” celebrates life, love and family. that transcend traditional views of acceptance. -telling is perfection. Filled with wonderful dialogue and wonderful characters, this is a story that will keep you turning pages as quickly as possible.
Daniel narrates the story and introduces us to an array of characters that stay with us long after we close the covers. David and Daniel are a gay couple whose lives are interrupted by the appearance of Luke (who was David’s sister), a transmanwho throws the couple’s lives into a hurricane. David goes to a family reunion in Sicily and while he is there, Daniel’s ex, Marcus, plans the world-premiere of his one-man show. Is trouble coming? (You will have to read the book to find out). I simply state this to make you curious.
We read of reunions, couples explorations into sex, sexuality and intimacy through the various characters. The story is told episodically and it is in these episodes that we are able to get to know the characters. What we really see are the changes people make as they live their lives. Life is a struggle that we do not always overcome and we often have to make peace with situations as they are. As freeing as coming out usually is, we need to remember that prejudice does not disappear after we accept ourselves. I was so reminded that “none of us are free until all of us are free”. In fact, coming out is a daily experience and happens many times in life. We also feel the emotional intensity that David feels when he introspects. He realizes that our existence is really based upon our interactions with others and that fluidity is the key.
David and Daniel face a shocking revelation that tests them and their lives together. I think the main point that the books makes is that all of us may be different in many ways, yet we are all the same in the long run. Experiences change us but rolling with these and facing what we have to face makes us stronger. I realize that this paragraph might seem ambiguous to many but when you think about it, you will understand that it takes “a village” for us to become who we are. Here that village is composed of Daniel’s friends.
This is a sequel to Yeh’s “A Boy at the Edge of the World” (which I have yet to read) but it stands alone. All in all, it is a rewarding read and highly recommended.