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Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father (edició 2013)

de Alysia Abbott

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"A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and '80s San Francisco with an openly gay father."--Amazon.
Membre:sandra.k.heinzman
Títol:Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father
Autors:Alysia Abbott
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2013), Edition: 1, 352 pages
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Etiquetes:to-read, 2013-gcabc

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Well written but at times I couldn't stand the girl! She's just describing herself as a teen and showing us her letters which is quite brave, considering what an ass she was being.
I enjoyed her descriptions of San Francisco at a time that I lived through here, (did wonder how a blunder about the location of Loma Prieta made it past editing)and all her vivid descriptions of life here and in Paris, New York's seemed a bit thin. ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
This is a beautiful book about an unconventional parent and child. But I think most parents and most children can identify with aspects of the relationship between Alysia Abbott and her father. One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time; I'll be thinking about this one for a while. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
I liked it as I read it but there's something missing. Alysia Abbott shares the story of growing up being raised by a single gay father in San Francisco after the death of her mother when she was a toddler (this might be spoiler-y but had her mom lived the author might have had a very different life from what was portrayed in the book). She describes growing up in light of the "free love" and "hippie" San Francisco, surrounded by people who took various drugs, many of whom were her father's boyfriends, etc.
 
While in some ways it was great (her father took her to poetry readings, was not incredibly strict, etc.) at times it was frustrating: Alysia did not have examples or role models as being gay was not exactly acceptable even in San Francisco at that time. Although the author meets wonderful people through her father, it can be a struggle. She hides the fact from her teachers who wonder why her father is single. His sexuality is not spoken of when she visits her mother's family over the summer. There are a few poignant paragraphs describing how the author had no reflections of her family in the media, which made me think of organizations like "We Need Diverse Books" and their movement for having books reflect the world we live in.
 
But while I mostly enjoyed the book while I was reading it, I was a little bored. I am familiar with San Francisco so her descriptions and memories are quite sweet (even though I wasn't alive during most of the book's timeline! :P), but I can also understand some negative reviews who found it boring. The author also portrays herself as selfish: not understanding what her father was going through, running away to New York and then Paris (and back). Some of this is understandable considering she had few outlets (not even family) for support. Abbot also discusses this in occasional asides discussing the AIDS epidemic and how some of the same entities that were blamed for it (bathhouses for example), many of those places were also good for building and finding support networks.
 
But it is not a book about the history of gay people (Abbot really only focuses on her father and some of his romantic relationships) in San Francisco. Instead we get an incomplete picture of her and her dad. It was nice while reading, but in some ways it also feels unfinished or filled with "filler" of her dad's letters and writings.
 
I did appreciate that this was a book unlike most I've read before, but ultimately this wasn't something I should have bought and wished I had borrowed it instead. Still, for the right person it might make an interesting read. I'd recommend a library borrow for sure, maybe a bargain buy. ( )
  HoldMyBook | Feb 11, 2018 |
I loved this memoir about a girl being raised by her gay dad in 1970s and 80s San Francisco. Abbott uses her dad's letters and journals to supplement her own memories and it results in the most powerful of books. It's obviously specific to their relationship but I think anyone who had a parent or was a parent could easily relate to the emotions expressed here. I found this book to be very tender and very wise, without being the least sentimental or saccherine.

Highly highly recommend. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
This is a beautiful book about an unconventional parent and child. But I think most parents and most children can identify with aspects of the relationship between Alysia Abbott and her father. One of the best memoirs I've read in a long time; I'll be thinking about this one for a while. ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
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