Half memoir, half sweeping journalistic saga: As Casey Parks follows the thriller of a stranger’s previous, she is compelled to reckon along with her personal sexuality, her fraught Southern identification, her tortured but loving relationship along with her mom, and the difficult function of religion in her life.When Casey Parks got here out as a lesbian in faculty again in 2002, she assumed her life within the South was over. Her mom shunned her, and her pastor requested God to kill her. However then Parks’s grandmother, a stern conservative who grew up selecting cotton, pulled her apart and revealed a startling secret. “I grew up throughout the road from a girl who lived as a person,” after which implored Casey to seek out out what occurred to him. Diary of a Misfit is the story of Parks’s life-changing journey to unravel the thriller of Roy Hudgins, the small-town nation singer from grandmother’s youth, all of the whereas confronting ghosts of her personal. For ten years, Parks traveled again to rural Louisiana and knocked on strangers’ doorways, dug by way of nursing dwelling information, and doggedly looked for Roy’s personal diaries, making an attempt to uncover what Roy was like as an individual—what he felt; what he thought; and the way he grappled together with his sense of otherness. With an unlimited coronary heart and an unstinting sense of vulnerability, Parks writes about discovering oneself by way of another person’s story, and about forging connections throughout the gulfs that divide us.
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