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Doug Howery From my life. The story is semi-autobiographical with a historical twist; The Stonewall Riots of 1969
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The Grass Sweeper God

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My inspiration for this story was the suicide of my mother in 1982. Due to societal prejudice and bigotry she killed herself while leaving a suicidal letter in which she blamed my brother and I for her death. She could not and would not accept our sexual identity.
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Description: Life is rough for Smiley. An effeminate boy in small town Appalachia, he’s part of the short bus crowd, not as a result of any intellectual abnormality, but as a result of his penchant for wearing women’s clothing. Abandoned as a small child by his mother, Smiley has been raised by his aunt Lettie, who runs a juke joint, and her macho meat head husband, who has some demons of his own and is emotionally and physically abusive to Smiley. Things come to a head when Smiley, with the help of a new teacher, is cast as Dorothy in a local production of a slightly modified Wizard of Oz and his uncle conspires with two hateful classroom bullies to destroy the production—and destroy Smiley along with it. This traumatic experience puts Smiley in a downward spiral. He ends up in New York with his born-again mother, working as a transsexual prostitute and living his life as the woman he always felt himself to be. And this is all within the first 100 pages of Doug Howery’s The Grass Sweeper God. Named for a story Smiley and his best friend Lee are told by their Native American friend Carr, the novel centers around issues of identity and violence against women and those marginalized by society.

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