As Have You Heard opens, Jerry Chiffon is dressed in woman’s clothing and pointing a gun at a well-known conservative North Carolina senator. The story of Chiffon’s life unfolds as several narrators, all residents of the fictional Eastern North Carolina town of Branch Creek, struggle to understand what has happened. Chiffon felt uncomfortable as a gay man in a small, conservative community and left for New York as soon as he could. He has just returned home to recover from the death of a lover when he makes his attempt on the life of the senator. Ferrell is from Black Creek, in Wilson County.
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