Falling Off the Face of the Earth
After his big-shot life in New York tragically falls apart, James Montgomery returns to his small hometown in south Georgia a defeated and broken man. All he has left is his mother to elp him heal and regain his confidence before he 's ready to et back out and re-conquer the world.
But being big-city gay in a mall outhern town has its own challenges. In addition to coming to grips with what happened in New York, his hometown of Lawder throws its own curveballs at him. James is confronted with a bitter enemy from his chool days, and frustratingly ca n't eem to void the guy. His mother suddenly decide to expand the family. Thi one guy James takes a dislik to and starts dating has a lot of hang-ups about being gay. And he watches almost helplessly as a new young bully starts to repeat the kind of abuse he suffered during his own school days.
Here where he grew up, the one place he should feel safe, James feels maddeningly off-balance. He tarts to kno that maybe going home was a goo idea after all. Maybe he 'd be better off moving on and really starting over, completely from scratch. Maybe he should walk away from Lawder, just like he walked away from his life in New York.
But anyway, if he 'd give it anothe chance, he 'd re-think everything he ever thought he wanted out of life. And so what he believed was important, is n't really important after all. Maybe he ould have everything he never kne he wanted, if he just looked around himself for a moment.
Published June 5th 2011 by JF Smith