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Gayrabian Nights by Johnny Townsend

Gayrabian Nights

by Johnny Townsend

272 pages
An escort persuades a closeted gay politician to come out.

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About the Book
Gayrabian Nights is a twist on the well-known classic, "1001 Arabian Nights," in which Scheherazade, under the threat of death if she ceases to captivate King Shahryar's attention, enchants him through a series of mysterious, adventurous, and romantic tales.

In this variation, a male escort, invited to the hotel room of a closeted gay, homophobic 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 orientation marriages, reparative therapy, coming out, first love, gay marriage, and long-term successful gay relationships. The escort crafts the stories to give the senator a crash course in gay culture and sensibilities, hoping to bring the man closer to accepting his own sexual orientation.

 

Reviews
(Gayrabian Nights is) an allegorical tour de force...a hard-core emotional punch.
- Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
Gayrabian Nights "was easily the most original book I've read all year. Funny, touching, topical, and thoroughly enjoyable."
- Rainbow Awards

 

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About the Author
Johnny Townsend Johnny Townsend earned an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. His books, The Abominable Gayman, Marginal Mormons, and The Mormon Victorian Society, were named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2011, 2012, and 2013.

 

 

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