No martyr, no mother should die in vein, no matter how selfish that act is.

A flame that would ignite a riot. . .A birth of a sexual revolution. . .A death of a matriarch

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About the book

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. . .
What others say about the book
Maggie Grace
Suspense author, Maggie Grace, with the North Carolina Writers’ Network writes about her cohort Mr. Howery: "What I like is the riskiness, the cutting edge of the narrative voice we hear: The moments when he lapses into descriptions of the moon, of the horse, etc. are true poetry that offers some relief from the coarseness of the story, and he places them well."
  Jackie Cangro
Jackie Cangro
Freelance Editor, Jackie Cangro writes about Mr. Howery: "Many people would like to read this. Terrific read!"
 
Maggie Grace
"He has an ear for the rhythm of the story, a natural sense of when to end—hangs fire with a new way of looking at someone or something, turning the entire chapter on its ear: I like the way he makes it impossible for the reader to stop reading at the end of the chapter."

Doug Howery

Doug Howery - Author In many of his stories, as in "The Grass Sweeper God," Mr. Howery’s true lode, his font of inspiration is in life.
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