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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Sally Field Can Play The Transsexual: or, I Was Cursed By Polly Holliday by Leslie L. Smith is a story of humor, loss and inspiration. David Matthers is a gay man who is an escort with a habit of keeping responsibility in the rear view mirror or, at the very least, a little bit ahead of him; the same goes for emotion. When his friend and mentor Robert dies from AIDS, he must face emotion and struggle with the loss. The situation is made more confusing for David because his friend left him a large sum of money. On a journey across the country to his sick mother, David will talk with Robert's ghost and meet a variety of entertaining characters that challenge him and his thought process.
This is a book that offers a lot of insight into the struggles of not just being gay in America today (yes, there is still a struggle) but of life in general and coping with loss. There was a great deal of humor that blunted some of the more emotional parts, but everything in this book flows together and offers a long and emotional look at many different issues. Author Leslie L. Smith has done a fantastic job in writing this book, making it engaging and something that you want to read and connect with. I was pleasantly surprised with how often I found myself smiling and then feeling an emotional connection with the events going on. I would recommend this book to any of my friends.