May 26, 11
Read from May 22 to 24, 2011
An engaging narrative using interjected anecdotes to convey a life story as though through a series of long conversations, yet maintaining the strong narrative arc of a novel. Sessums weaves together his story with continuity of thematic elements from childhood through young-adulthood, capturing the religious and political climate of the Southern U.S. in the 50s and 60s from his particular vantage and through his experience. Empowering the word "sissy," this is a thoughtful portrayal of a specific time and place exploring life as an 'other' and the way in which identity is crafted and roots are understood (or at least acknowledged).