Today, I wanted to acknowledge the latest of the rave reviews I have received for my new memoir SAINT UNSHAMED: A GAY MORMON’S LIFE from the many readers on the NetGalley website. This one, written by Jeff Linamen was so lovely and heartfelt that I wanted to share it with all of you. The full text of Jeff’s review as it appeared today on NetGalley appears below:
June 16, 2019
Jeff Linamen (Reviewer) has just reviewed SAINT UNSHAMED: A GAY MORMON'S LIFE.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Hands down, one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Kerry Ashton bears every remarkable, horrifying, inspiring and deeply personal detail of his life. Sparing nothing, this is as raw and real as any memoir can get.
I held off writing this review, hoping the right words would come to me, but I'm still struggling to capture how deeply affected I was by this intense work. Ashton has bared his soul, giving us a profound gift of his words.
Ashton shares his story perfectly, alternating the distant past with more recent experiences; which prevents the journey from ever being too 'heavy' for the reader. Though Ashton's life has been quite different from mine, I could completely relate to difficult themes of the roles that religion and the search for self acceptance play in our lives. Ashton describes with profound clarity, his personal journey, in a way few authors have been able to articulate.
Though the title accurately captures the content of the book, it doesn't celebrate the spirit and inspiration of Ashton's words. I feel blessed to have found this- and taken the remarkable journey that carried me through, page after page. I can't recommend this highly enough.
My thanks to Jeff for his beautiful and touching review. I deeply appreciated his taking the time to give such a strong recommendation for my book.
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that in celebration of Gay Pride Month, the eBook version of my new and critically acclaimed memoir, SAINT UNSHAMED: A GAY MORMON’S LIFEis being offered at half-price during all of June (and until the 4thof July) in all domestic and international markets. With the eBook normally priced at $9.99 in the United States, it is currently available for only $4.99, at all domestic U.S. book retailers online including Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Debuting on its first day of release on April 27, 2019 as the #1 Bestseller on Amazon’s New Releases in Gay Studies, my memoir’s First Edition is currently available in both Hardcover and eBook formats. Hardcover retails at $28.95. The eBook will remain on sale at $4.99 through Friday, July 4thonly.Both the eBook and Hardcover can be purchased at all online booksellers. In addition, to celebrate Gay Pride Month, the Hardcover version of my book can be purchased at the discounted price of $25 on my author’s website at KerryAshton.com.
Thus far the book has received unanimous critical acclaim in all of its Editorial Reviews. Clarion Books, for example, praised it as “A triumphant memoir!” Blueink Reviews hailed it as “A powerful and detailed memoir” while exclaiming, “Ashton is a passionate, unfailingly candid narrator. Using vivid detail, he crafts absorbing scenes… giving us a compelling look at being gay in a community that seed this as a source of shame—a record of one man’s hurt and healing, while those with similar stories have yet to speak of their pain.” The Online Book Club Reviews said, “Ashton exposes the innermost parts of his psyche. A touching story with a strong senses of authenticity. An immersive experience!” And Kirkus Reviews, the foremost authority in the publishing industry, gave the memoir a rave review, calling it “A riveting story, alternating between the troubled child he was, and the proud, openly gay man that he became. A moving coming-out story!”
Most than anything else, in my memoir I explain how I rid myself of most of the shame I internalized as a child raised in the Mormon faith, and how I eventually became a SAINT UNSHAMED, and ultimately how I found, embraced, and fought for my gay pride and gay identity.