After a passionate date, Frank and Linda find that they will soon be parents. Frank is sent oversees with the marines, and Linda is left to face pregnancy out of wedlock in the late 1950s south alone. After they later marry, they have a son born with birth defects. Is this a punishment or a lesson? How should they care for this son?
Under the pen name Walt Nelson, Gary wrote this memoir to illustrate the challenges of growing up in the rural south with disabilities, and a father who was ashamed of him. This memoir reminds us that worth and dignity can be found in all humans regardless of the design of the exterior.
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Harmon’s memoir is blunt, but in no way is it self-pitying. It’s enthralling, and it showcases Harmon’s determination and quirky sense of humor. He wrote a nonfiction children’s book a few years ago. I hope that “A Clown in Cobwebs” is just the first step in Harmon’s career as a novelist.
-Betsy Pickle, KnoxTNToday.com