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It’s easy to get distracted on the journey to self-discovery. We all come with our own baggage and it’s impossible to predict how other people’s damage will affect our story. Darryl Stephens’ first novel follows a group of young men whose lives intersect around the notion that sex is just another means to an end in the ultimate quest for love and companionship. They turn to dive bars, drug habits, pop music and pornography to cope with the loneliness they suffer when they find their emotional well-being dependent on the support and understanding of other men. SHORTCOMINGS is a provocative and compelling glimpse into those intensely personal moments when men come together and allow fear to finally give way to love.
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  • By A reader
    Aug 9, 2011
    When I got my copy of "Shortcomings" the first thing I noticed was that the cover page was quite vivid. The book was a delicious read with all the characters, layers, and themes - and provided lots of food for thought in addition to eliciting many emotions. It reminded me how fighting for our lives and our potential is of utmost importance in a world that seeks to divide and diminish. I'm glad DS was brave enough to put his message out and had faith that there was an audience who would appreciate it. For all the Noah's Arc fans, here's a little more of Darryl, you gotta love that!
  • By Fabrice Tasendo
    May 26, 2011
    Hello reviewers! I just wanted to let you know that Darryl started a Facebook page for Shortcomings. He answers questions you may have about the book, and the page allows you to connect with other readers. Check it out >>
  • By pammywilly
    Apr 21, 2011
    “Shortcomings” was a book I was looking forward to reading because of my admiration for its author, Mr. Darryl Stephens. He has been an inspiration in so many ways because of his drive, his dedication and his activism. He has impressed me on so many levels and he did not disappoint with “Shortcomings” This book grabbed me from the beginning. Mr. Stephens, in his description of the characters painted a picture that I could visualize. Not only were the physical descriptions detailed, but the emotion behind each character made me feel for them and understand why they made the decision that they made. Highly recommending a book that delves into the gay male porn industry was something that I never thought I would do, but being a person that thrives on understanding the reason behind a person’s actions explains my positive feelings toward this book. In its nature, it is raw and erotic but because we are forced to know these very young men, we feel for them. An excellent read! Pamela... More > Williams< Less
  • By Vanessa Y. Holmes
    Apr 21, 2011
    Darryl Stephens is a man who wear many different hats. He's an activist, actor, dancer, singer/songwriter, and now we can add author to his many talents. "Shortcomings" was more than I expected it to be. Darryl was so vivid in describing what these characters were feeling, one couldn't help but feel it also. You can actually picture in your mind what these characters look like. the novel held me from beginning to end. this was Darryl's first novel, I hope this was not his last. I'm looking forward to more literary works from this fastly rising star. Vanessa Holmes
  • By maximillian.matthews
    Apr 16, 2011
    I read this 300+ page book in four days. One of the reasons I could not stop reading and knew I had to finish it before I could do anything else was because I saw myself in the characters. I became attached to the characters (Rafael and Jamie were my personal favorites). I had to put the book down at one point because I was so disappointed in one of them. Through reading their stories, I realized how close I was to some of their circumstances. For me, the book reaffirmed the importance of looking inward rather than outward, confronting our pasts, figuring out how to best deal with emotions like loneliness and lust, evaluating my beliefs of partner compatibility, and considering my own personal habits. Seeing how some of the characters were clearly deeply affected by a lack of mentorship, friendship, and companionship, this book has caused me to think about how I can be of better service because the need clearly exists for not only the young LGBT community but all communities. We all... More > deal with the shortcomings that the characters deal with in this book so you will see yourself in one of them, which is why I recommend it. Some of the characters will serve as warnings of what we all can become if we don’t find healthy ways to deal with our shortcomings. So I highly encourage you to support Mr. Stephens and draw your own conclusions about how these characters speak to your own experience. Great food for thought! Thank you Darryl Stephens! Very proud of you. In the words of PK, the book was so cunt! I liiiiiiive!< Less
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September 27, 2011
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