Goshen: A Memoir 
by Jordan Gerdes 
Genre: YA Fiction Memoir 

Goshen is a collection that chronicles a battle with depression, heartbreak, and moving forward.

Written first as a collection of notes in a phone, this became the only thing that kept me alive over those few years. It is my hope that you find hope within these pages, a kindred spirit, solidarity, and know that you are not alone. 

Dim lights, the smell of worn felt and spilt beer. We're in the middle of some asinine conversation about God knows what, but my paper-thin attention span has already snapped. I peruse the old cluttered rafters silently, taking in the inebriated romanticism graffitied on every surface. I walk the perimeter, reading things like "Sad and lonely for you only" or "we use to come here every night, it's not the same without you here".

This bar takes on a new life, suddenly, as a Mecca for any down and out, hopeless sad sack looking for a Rainier and kindred souls. I don't know if I belong, but I do wish to pay homage to whatever new wave therapy group this evolved from. I slyly scribble, "she mailed the ring back" just under where the bathroom mirror should be.

Jordan Gerdes is an English teacher in Central Oregon, where he lives with his fiancĂ©e, Justy and their two goldendoodles, Huck and Finn. He is the owner and editor of Features of Fright, a horror website focused on genre analysis. He is currently working on a collection of short horror stories. 

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  1. The cover is very effective. NIcely done.

  2. It sounds like an interesting book that covers some deep important issues. Thanks for the chance.

  3. i am a cover girl and ghosen's cover has me intrigued. talk about simple...and i do like a simple cover that 'says' so much. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. I hope you enjoy it! The cover is partly inspired by the first page, and the picture is the last trip I had taken after I finished the book. It felt like good closure to a long few years.

  4. The cover is cool. I'm so glad that you found your passion and it helped you during the worst of times.

  5. I should read this. Currently dealing with similar issues.


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