Saint Unshamed: A Gay Mormon's Life: Healing From the Shame of Religion, Rape, Conversion Therapy & Cancer
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About the Author
SAINT UNSHAMED has recieved four Editorial Reviews thus far, all raves:
"A TRIUMPHANT MEMOIR about how one man managed to find a way out of a culture that would silence him! BRUTAL, GRAPHIC, AND HISTORICAL, the memoir tells a harrowing story. Shamed by his family and policed and punished by BYU, Ashton nevertheless emerged the victor. Though the memoir progresses to the present, Ashton's young adulthood and childhood produce the best-wrought scenes with the most at stake. The pacing and the tension there is literary; the scenes are full of action and reaction! Devastating but ultimately hopeful, SAINT UNSHAMED is insightful... and revealing. A TRIUMPHANT MEMOIR about how one man managed to find a way out!"
FOREWORD / CLARION REVIEWS
"Ashton has clearly led a long, fascinating life. The care and detail he brings to his childhood and first years in New York, feature wonderful run-ins with celebrities, such as Bette Davis and Stephen Sondheim. The memoir's structure is smart, as it allows Ashton to develop a single, riveting story about his growing love for another man and his battle with BYU's unrelenting moral standards. Along the way, he adds rich perspective as he alternates between the troubled child he was, and the proud, openly gay man that he eventually became. A MOVING COMING-OUT STORY with an intriguing narrative structure!"
"A POWERFUL, EXTENSIVELY DETALED MEMOIR! Ashton is a passionate, unfailingly candid narrator. Using vivid detail, he crafts absorbing scenes. A detailed record of one man's hurt and healing, while many more with similar stories have yet to speak of their pain!"
"Ashton explores the innermost parts of his psyche. The story was touching and had a strong sense of authenticity. Ashton has an ability to provide the reader with AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE, AND HE DRAWS ONE IN FULLY!"
ONLINE BOOK CLUB REVIEW
WHAT CRITICS HAVE SAID ABOUT KERRY ASHTON'S PREVIOUS WORK:
"A lot of care and time have clearly been lavished on this impressively mounted" work.
Ben Brantley, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Kerry Ashton has an impressive list of credits, and is clearly a talent to be encouraged!"
Byron Belt, NEWHOUSE NEWSPAPERS
"Amusing and touching! Remarkable and superb! Ashton's style and wit are so quick as to leave us dazed. If the renaissance man has returned to our midst, his name must surely be KERRY ASHTON!"
Martin Schaeffer, NEW YORK THEATER WEEK
"Succeeds exceptionally well! Entertaining and moving!"
John Mahoney, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Truly splendid! Ashton is mesmerizing, breathtaking, and utterly magnificent!"
Jack Bradford, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Brilliant! A triumph not to be missed! Ashton proves himself to be one of the most versatile and mutli-talented artists to emerge in the last several years!"
Sven Rye, THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS
"A touching and human portrait, amusing and poignant ... a timely illustration!"
Susan Forscey, LOS ANGELES HERALD EXAMINER