J. Patrick Redmond
J. PATRICK REDMOND was born and raised in southern Indiana and returned to his home state after sixteen years of living in South Florida and teaching for the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He holds a BA in English from Florida International University in Miami and an MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook University in Southampton, New York. He is a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post, and his writing has appeared in the NOH8 Campaign blog, the Southampton Review, and in the Barnes & Noble Review’s Grin & Tonic. He is also the 2012 recipient of the Deborah Hecht Memorial Prize in Fiction. Some Go Hungry is his first novel, and when asked about it, Patrick says, “It’s about God, guns, gays, and green beans.” Additional information is available at jpatrickredmond.com.
Some Go Hungry (Kaylie Jones Books)
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 grown man who has embraced his sexuality, Grey Daniels returns from Miami Beach to Fort Sackville, Indiana, to run the Daniels' Family Buffet for his ailing father. Understanding that his sexual preferences may have disastrous repercussions for his family's half-century-old restaurant--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.
Grey’s wants to honor his father’s business legacy, but he’s also determined to uncover the story behind his old classmate’s death and protect a local young man struggling to find peace with his own homosexuality. In the process, Grey’s forced to confront old relationships and come to terms with the price of his hard-won identity and happiness.