Author of the prize-winning novel Songs for the New Depression and one of HRC's 2011 Fathers of the Year, Kergan Edwards-Stout releases his first story collection, Gifts Not Yet Given (and Other Tales of the Holidays) [Kindle]. These trusted blurbers loved it:
Richard Kramer: "Kergan Edwards-Stout’s stories are muscular, funny, sad and an antidote to holiday treacle, no matter the holiday. His writing is fueled by an original mix of compassion and rage. Several of the stories left me in tears, which certainly beats being left in tears by my own family at holiday time. Which means: he understands family, and the often crossed wires of family love. You will want to give his book as a gift."
Trebor Healey: "The stories in Gifts Not Yet Given are vital, essential and remind us that much of human life is gained or lost through family. Edwards-Stout shines a light on contemporary life with skill and wit. A dynamic and engaging read."
Michael Nava: "Gifts Not Given is a wonderful collection of stories from Kergan Edwards-Stout in which each story centers around a holiday. The stories are complex, surprising, touching and written with compassion and humanity, two qualities sadly lacking in so much contemporary fiction. I highly recommend Gifts Not Given and thank the author for this gift he has given us."
Read Ken Harrison's new interview with Kergan here.