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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
 
 
Author
Alysia Abbott.
Publisher Norton  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780393348903
Pages/Publication Date 326/2014
Daedalus Item Code 49189
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(A New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, named one of the Best Books of 2013 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Shelf Awareness, and an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist) Growing up motherless in San Francisco in the 1970s and 80s with her openly gay father, the poet Steve Abbott, Alysia Abbott remembers poetry readings and raucous parties, a revolving cast of roommates and friends, and her father as a loving playmate who could transform the ordinary into magic. Her beautiful, vibrant memoir—a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, named one of the Best Books of 2013 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Shelf Awareness, and an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist—depicts a city of newly liberated gay men, soon to be devastated by the AIDS crisis, and her own poignant discovery that the world is hostile to those who are different.

"As a chronicle of the moment when the San Francisco of Armistad Maupin became the city of Harvey Milk, when gay and experimental poetry flourished in California, Fairyland is vivid and indelible. As the portrait of a conspiracy of love between a father and a daughter, it is heartrending, a brilliant addition to the literature of American memoir."—Honor Moore

"Generous, precise, and deeply moving, Fairyland is a love story that not only brings a new generational perspective to a history we're in danger of forgetting, but irrevocably shifts the way we think about family itself."—Alison Bechdel

"She writes up to a standard that would do any writer-parent proud. If there's plenty of emotion in her recollections, they lack all sentimentality, sensationalism, and special pleading. Like Ira Wagner's, Growing Up Amish, a tale of another radically different, unusual upbringing, Fairyland is written in shiningly clear, precise prose that gives it literary as well as testimonial distinction."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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