The nightmare, which David thought he had escaped when he left his Oklahoma home, has come back to haunt the young, closeted Congregational Church minister.
Back home for his mother’s funeral, he decides to search out the source of his nightmare and his near pathological fear of being discovered to be gay. It soon becomes apparent that the specter is his hometown sheriff, who was murdered when David was a boy. As he seeks to unravel the unsolved mystery—and to discover the causes for his fears—he learns that the people of his Dust Bowl hometown had far more to hide than he.
Grant Spradling‘s book goes back nearly 80 years to explore the issues of sexual orientation facing a boy at that time.
Video: The author was interviewed on his hometown television station to discuss the novel. Since David Goes Home is somewhat autobiographical, it’s amusing that the interviewer keeps calling Grant “David.”
Praise for David Goes Home
“Grant Spradling, a retired Congregational minister, has penned a captivating story about a young preacher, David Ward, who is the main character in other Spradling novels. The wit, pathos, and intellect of this gay pastor draw the reader into the mystery and nightmarish search for the murderer of the clergyman’s hometown sheriff in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. The preacher’s love for men, self-doubt, and the struggle against the religious right of David’s upbringing transports the reader to another world and opens one’s mind to the continuing conflict of the church and the gay community.”
—Dr. F. Lee Barham, author, The Religious Right is Wrong