Being different in America has never been easy; being born different and in the wrong body in Solitude, Virginia in the 1950âs, is brutal. Smiley Hanlon lives day to day trapped in a Coal Miners town, buffeted by the Appalachianâs and generations of hate and mistrust. Any hint of being different, or being a âFreakâ is enough to ostracize you, pigeon hole you and make you a target for
bullying â or worse. Backed by his best friend and protector, Lee
Moore, Smiley made it through the days...until the night everything shattered. Chosen as the lead in a new town production called Dorothy of Oz Coal Camp, it seemed to be the beginning to acceptance and maybe even happiness, but the world is cruel and mankind even crueler. The triumph of the play decayed into a Coal Miners version of âCarrieâ culminating in a tragic and horrific moment that would change both Smiley and Lee, forever.
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DOUG HOWERY has been writing both fiction and
essays since 1990. His essays and familial stories have appeared in The Blue Ridge Lambda Press.
In many of his stories, as in "The Grass Sweeper God,"
Mr. Howery's true lode, his font of inspiration is in the passion and suffering he has experienced.
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. 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."
Mr. Howery lives in Virginia with his partner of 31 years where he is at work on his next novel.