Sisyphus Wins

Sisyphus Wins – A novel about self-acceptance, forgiveness, and triumph

Can you be who you authentically are and still be accepted by those most important to you?

Jonathan Slovanco finds comfort and safety in his large family and the Catholic Church. But as he matures, he realizes that a fundamental difference between him and other boys may alienate him from everything and everyone he holds dear. Coming to self-acceptance is difficult enough. Coupling that with the courage needed to reveal his genuine self to his family feels like a Sisyphean effort.

What you don’t talk about can hold you back . . . and what you come to accept can set you free.

Read about the back story in writing Sisyphus Wins here.

Sisyphus Wins is my first serious foray into writing fiction. The novel, emanating from a place deep within the unconscious, tells an archetypal story of a boy trying to make sense of the reality of his being and the reality of growing up within a non-embracing, non-empathetic, and even hostile cultural and religious environment. While the story is in context of sexual identity, my hope is that the story resonates with anyone who has found him or herself caught in a personal maelstrom when coming to grips with the truth of their life’s story. Read full back story here.


 


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Sisyphus Wins – The Backstory

Sisyphus Wins is my first serious foray into writing fiction. The novel, emanating from a place deep within the unconscious, tells an archetypal story of a boy trying to make sense of the reality of his being and the reality of growing up within a non-embracing, non-empathetic, and even hostile cultural and religious environment. While the story is in context of sexual identity, my hope is that the story resonates with anyone who has found him or herself caught in a personal maelstrom when coming to grips with the truth of their life’s story.

Writing Sisyphus Wins was a life-impacting process. At the moment I sent the manuscript to my editor Melanie Mulhall, I began to grasp the profundity of the transformation that had taken place over the five-plus years of writing. The piece is very different from when I began the writing process. And so am I. The magic of creative expression.

When reading, you might pick up on the symbolism, metaphor, and allegory woven throughout the tale. While those elements are used to enhance the story, they are also keys to understand how I perceive the unfolding of the universe. Having said that though, a lesson I work on is to understand that two events unfolding simultaneously are merely coincidental and not synchronistic. I touch on that in the final chapter.

In the end, Sisyphus Wins is the story of one life journey. As the story’s protagonist Jonathan explains to Benjamin, everyone has one.

To that end, I invite you to read, reflect, and respond.

Blessings and Peace