Gifts Not Yet Given (and Other Tales of the Holidays)

Gifts Not Yet Given (and Other Tales of the Holidays)

by Kergan Edwards-Stout


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Gifts Not Yet Given (and Other Tales of the Holidays) by Kergan Edwards-Stout

From award-winning author Kergan Edwards-Stout comes fourteen tales designed to delight and enthrall. In <i>Gifts Not Yet Given,</i> a warm and nuanced collection of short stories, dreams are realized, hope is found, memories are made, and life is treasured. Each is set around a holiday, from Halloween to Memorial Day, Thanksgiving to Christmas, and the tales illuminate the small, surprising, and pivotal moments in which personal awakenings occur and hearts expand.

Within you’ll discover a cornucopia of uniquely memorable characters, taking you to places both familiar and not… In <i>Gifts Not Yet Given,</i> you’ll find yourself inspired by the magic of the holidays, touched by our shared humanity, and moved by the simple pleasures found in life’s many unexpected moments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983983736
Publisher: Circumspect Press
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Kergan Edwards-Stout is an award-winning director and author, whose debut novel, <i>Songs for the New Depression,</i> won the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the LGBTQ category, was shortlisted in the same category for the Independent Literary Awards, and landed on book review site Out in Print’s list of the Top 15 Books of 2012 and multiple other lists. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including the <i>Huffington Post, Bilerico Project, LGBTQ Nation, American Short Fiction</i> and the health magazine <i>SexVibe</i>. He has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign as a “2011 Father of the Year”, and blogs regularly at He is currently at work on a memoir, Never Turn Your Back on the Tide.

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Gifts Not Yet Given (and Other Tales of the Holidays) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
There isn&rsquo;t a lot to say about this collection that isn&rsquo;t in the description other than to say it lives up to its promise. Excellent, well written stories that evoke a wide range of emotions from the reader. An example, and one of my favorites, is the story call Festive Beaver, the story of an elementary school boy who discovers talents and inclinations that he doesn&rsquo;t yet understand while helping put together a Mardi Gras celebration. In many of the stories, I found that I figured things out before they were fully revealed or the story&rsquo;s focal character discovered things on their own. This set the stories up in such a way that I was pulling for the character, not only to discover or learn what they needed to, but also to do so in the least painful possible way. The ability to pull me into a short story as quickly and deeply as these did is a talent I don&rsquo;t see often in shorter works. **Originally written for &quot;Books and Pals&quot; book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and emotional collection of short stories. While they're all tied to holidays, they are more about individual characters and experiences they are facing. It is funny, bittersweet and heartwarming--just like the holidays are supposed to be!