I will tell you my story.
Nothing is missing.
I promise you.
--Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides
Happy birthday to the son of the Great Santini and a mother who rightfully taught her children that all Southern lit can be summed up thusly: On the night the hogs ate Willie, Mama died when she heard what Daddy did to Sister.*
*of course, the mules are all a priori dead by the time the hogs enter the story.
Long may the controversies keep your books in print and in the hands of those who need to read them.