Some Go Hungry

Some Go Hungry Redmondccessfully captures the spirit and ethos of the place while telling an emotionally resonant page turning story Booklist This literary mystery follows Grey Daniels on a return trip to his homet

  • Title: Some Go Hungry
  • Author: J. Patrick Redmond
  • ISBN: 9781617754678
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Redmondccessfully captures the spirit and ethos of the place while telling an emotionally resonant, page turning story Booklist This literary mystery follows Grey Daniels on a return trip to his hometown of Fort Sackville, Indiana where, decades earlier, one of his gay classmates was brutally murdered While visiting, Grey must confront a painful past riddled in Redmondccessfully captures the spirit and ethos of the place while telling an emotionally resonant, page turning story Booklist This literary mystery follows Grey Daniels on a return trip to his hometown of Fort Sackville, Indiana where, decades earlier, one of his gay classmates was brutally murdered While visiting, Grey must confront a painful past riddled in homophobia, secrets, religious hypocrisy and fear Queerty Anyone who has come out in small town America will understand how difficult it is to be who you are when the majority of customers at your family restaurant are the same ones you just saw in church.Some Go Hungry is at its best when confronting religious prejudice, and is even pulse quickening when the narrator sits through one of his friend s sermons aimed directly at him.Only someone who has grown up in rural America could write so convincingly of the pressures there It s also refreshing to find a book that relates the experience of being gay somewhere other than in a large city Gay Lesbian Review A gay murder mystery that takes readers from Miami Beach, Florida to Fort Sackville, Indiana, as Grey Daniels struggles to live his authentic, openly gay life amidst the fundamentalist Christians in his hometown Bay Area Reporter Captivating debut Protagonist Grey s tale is a lesson for us all that only when we consider our own feelings first will we find happiness and acceptance Edge Media Network Redmond s fiction isn t an attempt to recap historical events The fictional news reports of character Robbie Palmer s alleged murder interspersed between chapters, and the homophobia that engulfs the fictional town of Fort Sackville, is a platform from which the author can express his sincere concern regarding real life situations that occur in our modern world Boomer Magazine I was totally engrossed in what I readAn important tale that in some ways is timelessWe read of bigotry, religion, murder, and personal redemption in small town America as told by a new writer who is a master storyteller and whom I expect to be hearing about in the near future Reviews by Amos Lassen Patrick Redmond has filled his first novel with passion the passion to tell a story that resonates far beyond the confines of the small Indiana town where it is set Some Go Hungry tells an important tale that in some ways is timeless, and in other ways could have been ripped from today s headlines Mark Childress, author of Crazy in AlabamaPart of Akashic s Kaylie Jones Books imprint.Some Go Hungry is a fictional account drawn from the author s own experiences working in his family s provincial Indiana restaurant and wrestling with his sexual orientation in a town that was rocked by the scandalous murder of his gay high school classmate in the 1980s.Now a young man who has embraced his sexuality, Grey Daniels returns from Miami Beach, Florida, to Fort Sackville, Indiana, to run Daniels Family Buffet for his ailing father Understanding that knowledge of his sexuality may reap disastrous results on his family s half century old restaurant legacy a popular Sunday dinner spot for the after church crowd Grey struggles to live his authentic, openly gay life He is put to the test when his former high school lover and fellow classmate of the murdered student returns to town as the youth pastor and choir director of the local fundamentalist Christian church.Some Go Hungry is the story of a man forced to choose between the happiness of others and his own joy, all the while realizing that compromising oneself sacrificing your soul for the sake of others is not living, but death.

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    1. I have no clue what to think of this book. :( I'm trying to figure out a way to leave a review but I don't want it to sound mean because there's definitely merit.The beginning was super promising. I was eagerly anticipating a read that was literary and sweet with a bit of a Donald Strachey feel to it. I'm not entirely sure what happened. After those first two chapters, it felt like a different person wrote the book, or like two books were spliced together by accident. The dialogue was extremely [...]

    2. J. Patrick Redmond has an authentic voice and his words paint a vivid portrait that immediately draws you in- a true storyteller. Some Go Hungry is an absorbing book, so much was relatable as I’m also from a small midwestern town. Much takes place in the family owned restaurant. Fried chicken and bus tubs paired with quirky country characters resonated greatly with my own childhood, as did the struggles when coming to terms with orientation while pushing through a wall of shame. Searching for [...]

    3. Excellent writing with a plot that rings true. The novel is set in a fictionalized Vincennes, Indiana; since my first professional library job was in Flora, IL, a hour west of Vincennes, and I met my first lover in Vincennes, the story affected me emotionally. Highly recommended.

    4. This story really touched on some of the hate and terrible things that go on in the world. I was enraged by some of the characters and how horribly they acted towards others, but I was also uplifted by how kind and accepting others were. It really throws both extremes of human behavior out there and makes you think, "How do I want to be treated and treat others." I also like the fact that it pulls from real life. Sometimes you don't solve a mystery or get revenge against a bully, but you have to [...]

    5. Read it, and then share it!Good books entertain you; great books change you. Some Go Hungry is most definitely the latter. We've become so dehumanizing in our culture--people who are different or hold different opinions stop being people and start being an ideology or a lifestyle. Redmond does an amazing job of humanizing what has sadly become a polarizing issue for our society, and in so doing paints an amazing picture of a challenging time. One of the great novels that I've read, ever.

    6. Timely, gripping, fascinating. J Patrick Redmond has captured a typical Midwestern small town's atrocities and prejudices toward the LGBT community. A journey evocative of our current time and place, depicting an America struggling and flailing between acceptance and resistance of those who dare to be different. I was up all night reading this and that's always my highest recommendation.

    7. A poignant debut from Redmond focusing on a gay man's struggle with his own identity growing up in a conservative Midwestern town. Recommended for any readers who feel like they can't live a genuine life as themselves.

    8. The author is from my hometown, so it was fun to try to figure out the lightly fictionalized places and such.

    9. I loved this book. I come from a small town in Southern Indiana and Pat has captured the feel of it wonderfully. I knew the picturesque somewhat dreamy feel of my hometown, where I was free to ride my bike anywhere, knew all of my neighbors and looked forward to the homemade caramel popcorn balls of Halloween and the gorgeous snowfall in the winter. I was so innocent.I remember standing outside the stone jailhouse talking to the inmates and being too naive to know it might not be a good thing to [...]

    10. Amazing bookLoved this book such a wonderful story. You will fall in love with the Daniels family I know I did.

    11. Love this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry,it made me angry. But most of all it made me see how much we need to stand up for each other. Can't wait to see J Patrick Redmonds next book

    12. As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. Some Go Hungry takes place in southern Indiana, the same place I grew up. While the town in the book, Fort Sackville, is fictional, it seems to be a fictional version of Vincinnes. Portions of the book also take place in Evansville (which is essentially considered a metropolis to Fort Sackville just like it is my hometown), and while they're never shown in the book, it was cool to see Indianapolis and even Greenwood mentioned.The book [...]

    13. I probably should give this book five stars just because the true story happened in my hometown. He described things so well I had no difficulty knowing where the story was located. I was intrigued. I left in 1976 and this murder happened 10 years later. He did an excellent job for a debut novel and if this book doesn't get Olivia Benson on the case I don't know what will. Basically, a young gay man was murdered and there was a cover-up and the case was never solved. The author came back to "For [...]

    14. Sometimes reality feels like fiction. But too often we find that our reality is the stuff that books are made from. Some Go Hungry is based on true events that still are shocking. Redmond had given us a taste of America as real as the fried chicken served in his family's restaurant. It's a moving book and that brought the stirring characters down a road I hope no one else has to travel. An important book for all of us.

    15. Good Book for a Bookclub Discussion The author used the real names of some towns and cities so why not do that throughout the whole book? I live in Southern Indiana so I am familiar with its geography. I liked the book, but would have liked to know more about what has happened to the main characters. How was retirement for Grey's parents? I would recommend the book.

    16. An average book, in saying that better than most in the genre. Exploring the difficulties of growing up gay in a small country town, and the rabid destructive position so often taken by Christian churches in such communities.

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