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Jeffrey Dale Lofton in Conversation with Louis Bayard

Location Kramers, 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
Date Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Link https://www.kramers.com/news-item/in-conversation-with-jeffrey-dale-lofton-red-clay-suzie/
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Jeffrey Dale Lofton & Louis Bayard discuss Red Clay Suzie, a coming-of-age story about a gay, physically misshapen boy in rural Georgia.

Fueled by tomato sandwiches and green milkshakes, and obsessed with cars, Philbet struggles with life and love as a gay, physically-misshapen boy in rural Georgia.

He’s happiest when helping Grandaddy dig potatoes from the vegetable garden that connects their houses. But Philbet’s world is shattered and his resilience shaken by events that crush his innocence and sense of security; expose his physical deformity skillfully hidden behind shirts Mama makes for him at home on her Singer; and convince him that he’s not fit to be loved by Knox, the older boy he idolizes to distraction.

Over time, Philbet finds refuge in unexpected places and inner strength in unexpected ways, leading to a resolution from beyond the grave.

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