Songs for the New Depression by Kergan Edwards-Stout

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Gabriel Travers knows he's dying; he just can't prove it. Despite his doctor's proclamations to the contrary and rumors of a promising new HIV drug cocktail, all it takes is one glance into the mirror to tell Gabe everything he needs to know. His ass, once the talk of West Hollywood, now looks suspiciously like a Shar-Pei, prompting even more talk around town.

Back in his 20's, life had been so easy. Caught up in the 1980's world of LOVE! MONEY! SEX!, Gabe thought he'd have it all. But every effort to better himself ended in self-sabotage, and every attempt at love left him with only a fake number, scrawled on a realtor's notepad.

The only happiness he could remember was in high school, where he'd met Keith, his first love. Only Keith had recognized the goodness within, and knew of the brutal attack Gabe had faced, the effects of which still rule his life today.

Now almost 40, and with the clock ticking, Gabe begins to finally peel back the layers and tackle his demons - with a little help from the music of the Divine Miss M and his mom's new wife, a country music-loving priest.

About Kergan Edwards-Stout

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KERGAN EDWARDS-STOUT is an award-winning director, author and screenwriter, and was honored as one of the Human Rights Campaign‘s 2011 Fathers of the Year. Songs for the New Depression marks his debut novel, with shorter works appearing in such journals and magazines as American Short Fiction and SexVibe. He is currently at work on a forthcoming memoir, Never Turn Your Back on the Tide, and blogs regularly at
Published November 15, 2011 by Circumspect Press. 253 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The author then moves through the 1980s as Travers navigates life in West Hollywood with lifelong friend Clare and endless melodrama with true love Keith, the man who would infect him with HIV.

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This story compiles three snapshots in the life of Gabe, a gay man with a troubled soul, biting wit, and razor sharp tongue.

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Kergan Edwards-Stout has crafted a work of fiction reminiscent of some classic tales in 'Songs for the New Depression.' Even better, Edwards-Stout’s debut boasts the kind of dark humor that made Augusten Burroughs a household name.” ...

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I’m not so interested in the financial return, as much as that I really think most folks haven’t really considered the full impact of the AIDS crisis, and I hope my book spotlights that for them.

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It is 1994, and thirtysomething Gabe is convinced he's dying of AIDS even though his T-cell count is fine. From this

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