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Author: Parks, Casey
Publication Date: 09/26/2023
When Casey Parks Came Out As A Lesbian In College Back In 2002, She Assumed Her Life In The Rural South Was Over. Her Mother Shunned Her, And Her Pastor Asked God To Kill Her. But Then Parks' Grandmother, A Stern Conservative Who Grew Up Picking Cotton, Shared A Story About Her Childhood Friend, Roy Hudgins, A Musician Who Was Allegedly Kidnapped As A Baby And Was A Woman Who Lived As A Man. Find Out What Happened To Roy, Casey's Grandma Implored. Part Memoir, Part Investigative Reporting, Diary Of A Misfit Is The Story Of Parks' Life-changing Journey To Unravel The Mysteries Of Roy's Life, All The While Confronting Ghosts Of Her Own. For Ten Years, Parks Knocked On Strangers' Doors, Dug Through Nursing Home Records, And Doggedly Searched For Roy's Own Diaries, Trying To Uncover What Roy Was Like As A Person-what He Felt; What He Thought; And How He Grappled With His Sense Of Otherness. As Parks Traces Roy's Story, Parks Is Forced To Reckon With Long-buried Memories And Emotions Surrounding Her Own Sexuality, Her Fraught Southern Identity, Her Tortured Yet Loving Relationship With Her Mother, And The Complicated Role Of Faith In Her Life. With An Enormous Heart And An Unstinting Sense Of Vulnerability, Parks Writes About Finding Oneself Through Someone Else's Story, And About Forging Connections Across The Gulfs That Divide Us--