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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend

Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend
Gay Anthology / Collection / Contemporary General Fiction
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Booklocker.com, Inc. (November 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634900340
ISBN-13: 978-1634900348
Amazon: Gayrabian Nights
Amazon Kindle: Gayrabian Nights

A male escort, invited to the hotel room of a closeted gay Mormon Republican senator, learns that the man is poised to vote on a piece of anti-gay legislation the following morning. To prevent him from sleeping, so that the exhausted senator will miss casting his vote on the Senate floor, the escort entertains him with stories of homophobia, celibacy, mixed marriages, reparative therapy, coming out, first love, gay marriage, and long-term successful gay relationships.

This was easily the most original book I've read all year. Funny, touching, topical, and thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended.

I liked the way the stories were framed which is where the title comes from - very clever, and worked well. Interesting insight into being gay in the Mormon community. Characters were well drawn especially given the short story format. 

Totally enjoyable parody of Arabian Nights told with great humor and style. 

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