Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father Author Alysia Abbott
ISBN-10 0393348903
ISBN-13 9780393348903
Year 2014-06-02
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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A beautiful vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and 80s San Francisco with an openly gay father With a new foreword After his wife dies in a car accident bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two year old daughter to San Francisco There they discover a city in the midst of revolution bustling with gay men in search of liberationfew of whom are raising a child Steve throws himself into San Franciscos vibrant cultural scene He takes Alysia to raucous parties pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings and introduces her to a world of artists thinkers and writers But the pair live like nomads moving from apartment to apartment with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in The world she learns is hostile to difference In Alysias teens Steves friendsseveral of whom she has befriendedfall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France her father tells her its time to come home hes sick with AIDS Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her fathers journals letters and writings Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a fathers legacy and a daughters love 10 illustrations

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Free Spirit

Free Spirit Author Joshua Safran
ISBN-10 9781401304959
Release 2013-09-10
Pages 288