A Conversation about Laymon’s Memoir “Heavy”
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“Heavy” is a stylish and complex memoir, in which Laymon presents bittersweet episodes of being a chubby outsider in 1980s Mississippi. He worships his long-suffering, resourceful grandmother, who loves the land her relatives farmed for generations and has resigned herself to the fact of commonplace bigotry. Laymon laces the memoir with clever, ironic observations about secrets, sexual trauma, self-deception, and pure terror related to his family, race, Mississippi, friends, and a country that refuses to love him and his community.
Laymon is currently working on several new projects, including the long poem, “Good God,” the horror comedy, “And So On,” the children’s book, “City Summer, Country Summer,” and the film Heavy: An American Memoir.