"Sunday Dinners, Moonshine, and Men." This poignant book delves into Tate's life, growing up in the small towns of North Carolina, where financial struggles were commonplace, dreams seemed distant, and family secrets were tightly guarded.
Tate Barkley's story is a familiar one to those who have grappled with feelings of inadequacy and shame. He carried the weight of multiple burdens—poverty, addiction, and the challenge of being a closeted gay man. "Sunday Dinners, Moonshine, and Men" narrates Tate's complicated relationship with his father and his journey to overcome shame and the scarcity mindset that hindered his pursuit of inner peace.
In this deeply personal account, Tate shares the challenges of his tumultuous childhood, spanning from the rural landscapes of North Carolina to the financial struggles of Central Florida, and culminating in their move to the bustling 1970s city of Houston, Texas. He candidly discusses his attempts to suppress his true self and control his escalating alcohol addiction while building a successful legal career, only to hit rock bottom and lose it all.
"Sunday Dinners, Moonshine, and Men" is a meticulously crafted narrative that interweaves themes of love, acceptance, and self-discovery against the backdrop of small-town America. Tate's story sheds light on the intricacies of being LGBTQ, emphasizing the importance of empathy, understanding, and unity.
This is the story of a Southern boy navigating a world dominated by traditional values. Tate's journey involves battling his way back, dismantling a life built on deceit, and forging a path towards embracing his authentic self, with or without his father's approval. Tate, now in recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous, shares his story in the hope that it will inspire others to leave their shame behind and find the peace they deserve.
"Sunday Dinners, Moonshine, and Men" is not just a personal narrative; it's a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring quest for self-acceptance. It serves as a reminder that, in the face of adversity, one can emerge stronger and find the peace they've been searching for all along.