OUT NOW! Smoking with Didi by Rodney Ross
At his older sister Didi’s request, Pete Garhart makes a reluctant trip from Miami to small-town Ohio for his father’s funeral. Beyond the sun, he leaves little else behind. Alcohol has drained any momentum from his culinary career as a chef, and he’s been reduced to line cook at Applebee’s. His string of failed relationships have begun to resemble a line-up of wooden soldiers, all with great guns and the same fade haircut. And, now in his late 40’s, he’s painfully aware of enroaching invisibility in his own community.
Back in his hometown, he’s battered by flashbacks of an anxious adolescence and his father’s rejection of a queer son, yet also finds the house he grew up in renovated and the town itself shorn of other memories. But bigger revelations are yet to come, including an unexpected hot tub reunion with a straight high school crush and a road trip back to Florida with Vantage Blue-loving Didi. She has a few things she wants to get off her chest about their own sibling alienation, but the surprise may be hers when Pete opens a floodgate of his own admissions.