Scott and Sissy are trying to grow up in a Jehovah’s Witness family run by an intentionally cruel stepmother. They are starved, beaten, neglected, and discounted. Every government and church system set to protect children fails. No neighbor intervenes. No family member intervenes. Sissy escapes by asking to live with her birth mother, leaving a lonely and hopeless little brother behind. Scott finally escapes—he runs away, and a family member, one who isn’t a Witness, offers him a true home. Literally through the kindness of semi-strangers, Scott finds a home in rodeo, then gay rodeo, then the gay community. This book isn’t so much about escape from religion as it is a memoir that reminds us all that when there’s life, there’s hope. October 6. Lethe Press (lethepressbooks.com).
Angel Curtis is a regular contributor to OutSmart Magazine.