Overview

Awards:

  • Adapted as feature film; for news about the movie Breakfast with Scot, click here.
  • Honor Book, American Library Association
  • Selected as one of the Ten Best Gay Books of the Year by Amazon.com
  • Book Sense Pick
  • Finalist for Ferro-Grumley/Triangle Award
  • Adapted as the play Breakfast with Scot commissioned by the New Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco, 2004)

 

The story of Breakfast with Scot 
When I began to write this book, I intended to write a novel about nosey neighbors—something about which I actually know something, having been one myself. In my original scheme, the central characters, Sam and Ed, a chiropractor and an editor, were longtime lovers living happily by themselves, with no longings for any additions to their happy and rather handsome home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

As I wrote the initial chapters, I was listening to two CDs—alternately and constantly: Chopin’s (perfect and perfectly scaled) Nocturnes and Pop Pop, the (simply perfect) Rickie Lee Jones covers of standards that run the gamut from “The Ballad of the Sad Young Men” to “I Won’t Grow Up” from Peter Pan. Out of that inspiring combo, Scot popped up in my imagination—an eleven-year-old boy with a weird, slouchy way of never standing up straight. He was wearing a boa. And then, Scot basically took over the book.

For me, as I hope it does for readers, Breakfast with Scot became a joy ride into the unknown.