This is both a mystery novel and a semiautobiographical memoir about growing up gay in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression.
The wit, pathos, and intellect of David Ward, the young gay minister in David Goes Home, is revealed in the mystery and nightmarish search for the murderer of his hometown sheriff in the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, which has haunted him in recurring dreams. David’s love of men, self-doubt, fear of being outed, and the struggle against his fundamentalist church upbringing are all examined in this book.
During his spiritual quest and journey to self-acceptance, David returns home for his mother’s funeral and stumbles across clues about the sheriff’s murder. He also discovers that many of the people he had so feared growing up had far more to hide than he did.
Author Grant Spradling is a retired United Church minister and lives with his recently married partner of 47 years in Amarillo, Texas, and Merida, Mexico. • Hamaca Press (hamacapress.com). —Troy Carrington