The Legend of Roy

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DIARY OF A MISFIT
A Memoir and a Mystery
by Casey Parks
Knopf. 368 pages, $29.

 

WHEN HER MOTHER said that the mere sight of her made her want to vomit, college freshman Casey Parks reached for solace from her grandmother, a plain-spoken, chain-smoking woman who’d grown up picking cotton. The older woman explained that being a little “different” never bothered her, that, in fact, someone who was different had been her best friend once, when she’d moved from the farm to the city. She spun a tale that captivated Parks for more than a decade, and that made Parks vow to solve a decades-long mystery.

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Terri Schlichenmeyer is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin.

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