(From the publisher):
In this oddly funny, at times unnerving and always unflinching novel, the remorseless glare of the twenty-four-hour news cycle is turned onto a thirty-five-year-old North Carolinian by the name of Jerry Chiffon. Jerry, dressed to kill in a Nancy Reagan-red ladies' suit, wearing a wig and carrying a fake-Chanel purse, has just tried to assassinate a right-wing U.S. senator.
Fueling the rumors surrounding Jerry's little lapse of decorum are a chorus of narrators—ladies of his hometown, Branch Creek, who had befriended Jerry and tutored him in the domestic arts when he was left motherless at seven and at the mercy of a hopeless father. Assorted relatives and acquaintances, not to mention gawkers and busybodies, put their two cents in to relate—what? The truth of how a kind, sensitive, seemingly apolitical friend and neighbor was compelled to attempt this mad act? Or a story altered by each peson's prejudice for or against Jerry? Finally, in the book's most galvanizing moment, we hear from Jerry himself. Confined in a miserable prison cell, he touches on everything from that hard, motherless start of his on a tenant farm to the far-off, glamorous adventures he once experienced among the gilded and gawdy of Manhattan. Who he really is turns out to be more of a surprise than anything he has done.
(from the publisher)
Original title: Have You Heard
Genre: Fiction→ Gay & Lesbian→ Gay Male