Breaking Young Divinities is a candid and spiritual coming-of-age tale about a boy who grows up in the housing projects of 1980s Toronto and comes to grips with young adulthood in the 1990s.
He lives a sheltered childhood until high school, where he meets Jen, a mysteriously troubled young woman. She introduces him to his first tastes of passion, adventure, and sex.
In one tragic night, his world is turned upside down by an event that sends him on a misguided quest to come to terms with the world, with the God that he feels has abandoned him, and with the limitations of being human.
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About the Author
Rick Talbot was born in Toronto, Canada. He grew up in the Saint James Town public-housing project, the most densely populated neighborhood in Canada. It was a community of contrasts and simultaneous hope and hardship among twenty-five thousand isolated elderly, mentally ill, new immigrants, and blue-collar families who lived side-by-side in a .27 square kilometer city block. He started writing stories in elementary school, when his love of stories was nurtured by his parents. His first story was about a man named “electro” who had the power to control the electroweak force. Other interests were comics, books, movies, and the Commodore 64 computer. He attended a Catholic elementary school, which instilled an early reverence for the Church. This was challenged by certain events, such as the time it was discovered that one of the priests whom had presided over his Confirmation ceremony was actually an impostor. In high-school he wrote for the school newspaper and for a short time published his own underground tabloid of journalism, gossip, fiction and poetry. He became interested in music on a dare: to learn to play an instrument over the summer in order to go on a band trip to Chicago. This dare eventually led him to receive a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto. After graduating from university he started writing about the emotional and existential struggles of growing up. This work sat in a drawer for four years before editing began. A few years later it became his 2013 debut novel Breaking Young Divinities, a fictional account about coming-of-age in the public housing projects of Toronto. Rick lives in Toronto with his fiancé, playwright/director Risha Yorke, and a little white dog named Mina. He is currently working on a series to follow-up Breaking Young Divinities.