As he grew up in Forest, Mississippi, befriended by the family maid, Mattie May, he became a young man who turned the word "sissy" on its head, just as his mother taught him. In Jackson, he is befriended by Eudora Welty and journalist Frank Hains, but when Hains is brutally murdered in his antebellum mansion, Kevin's long road north towards celebrity begins.
Kevin Sessums brings to life the pungent American south of the 1960s and the world of the strange little boy who grew there.
©2007 Kevin Sessums; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC
"What a writer! What honesty! Kevin Sessums seamlessly weaves his heart-breaking, funny, outrageous, can't-put-it-down story." (Ellen DeGeneres)
"This lovely, engaging memoir by acclaimed entertainment writer Sessums is not so much a gay coming-out story (although its author does discover and act upon his homosexuality) as an investigation of the effects of popular culture on a young, white boy growing up in the racist South....A marked detour from the often repetitive coming-out memoir, Sessums's story offers wit and incisive observation." (Publishers Weekly)
Congratulations to Mr. Sessums. Mississippi Sissy is an event full of wonder, angst and intrigue. You slide into the recesses of his life, discovering the nobility of a mother's love, the vulnerability of youth, and the bravery borne from being an outsider.
Both my parents hail from Mississippi and in their many returns to that state, I've never ventured. I've heard too many tales about colored fountains, separate theaters, picking cotton and running in fear for their lives to want to visit the ghosts now haunting me.
I look forward to his next memoir, I Left it on Mountain.
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