Songs For The New Depression

Songs For The New Depression

by Kergan Edwards-Stout

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ISBN-13: 9780983983705
Publisher: Circumspect Press
Publication date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 270
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kergan Edwards-Stout is an award-winning director and author, whose work has appeared in a number of publications, including American Short Fiction and the health magazine SexVibe. He has been honored by the Human Rights Campaign as a "2011 Father of the Year", and blogs regularly at http://kerganedwards-stout.com. His debut novel, Songs for the New Depression, is available now in hardcover, paperback, and e-Book. Currently, he is at work on a memoir, Never Turn Your Back on the Tide.

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Songs for the New Depression 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
We meet the main character, Gabe, at the end of his life, after he has contracted HIV and faces the imminent threat of death. Gabe is flawed - he admits that but, as the story unfolds, it's revealed that he's neurotic and possibly suffering from (in my not so professional opinion) histrionic personality disorder. Because of this, he makes decisions that have a large impact on, not only himself, but everyone around him. The events that shaped Gabe are slowly revealed with excellent foreshadowing that keep readers enthralled with the train-wreck of Gabe's life. Edwards-Stout utilizes the full range of human emotions to draw readers into Gabe. We see how this personality disorder starts to develop when a young Gabe, realizing he is gay, begins to think of himself as 'different.' This idea starts with society's reaction to him, rather than being something he has always known. This book challenges the idea that mental disorders are inherent to homosexuality by showing how the links between homosexuality and mental disorders are forged - this personality disorder was shaped and developed by forces outside of Gabe's control when he was young. Gabe is only human and it is this feature that endears him to the reader, even when he makes bad decisions that ultimately end his life. I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads First Reads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really amazing book--full of smart humor and pathos--it takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions as Gabriel Travers examines his life and the choices he has made as he faces his imminent death. Sharply etched characters and gallows humor make this a must-read, as the redemptive tale rings true, and I ultimately found myself examining my own life and loves in the process.