Prairie 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.
Terri Schlichenmeyer is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin.