Wayne Holmes is a longtime professor at Drury, a mesmerizing storyteller, and the author of a memoir, Rocky Comfort, that describes his Depression-era Ozarks childhood. It was a childhood marked by privation, violence, and prejudice, and his book looks at it uncompromisingly. Not your typical rosy-glow reminiscence. I would compare it to Angela’s Ashes.
Wayne and his wife Mary Lou (I’ll write about her another day) are a couple of the most interesting, authentic, and straight-ahead people I know. I highly recommend Rocky Comfort — ask for it in your favorite bookstore.