The story of a Missouri boy who grew up in a wonderful family of characters. He was Gay , but his family accepted him unconditionally. He was especially close to his grandmothers. A major tragedy happens at this point, which causes eating disorders and depression . As he became an adult, he lived a very promiscuous lifestyle , so be prepared if you don't like a lot of that in your books, which I don't. Other than that, a good book.