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Published in: July-August 2013 issue.

Praire SilencePrairie Silence: A Memoir
by Melanie Hoffert
Beacon Press.  238 pages, $24.95


IF IT’S TRUE what they say about everybody “having a book in them,” there’s a good chance that the book is a personal memoir. In what seems lately to be a large subset of a genre—the gay-coming-of-age literary memoir—comes Melanie Hoffert, a surprisingly Zen breath of fresh air.

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Terri Schlichenmeyer is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin.