Fairyland

Fairyland

A Memoir of My Father

Book - 2013
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton and Company, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780393082524
0393082520
Characteristics: xviii, 326 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm.

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JMFlaherty Apr 07, 2015

Alysia most certainly was her father's angel.
But I'm not convinced he was such a great father to her. He does seem to realize this.
I think Alysia owes much to her mother's parents (who paid for her bi-lingual eduation which matters a lot in today's world) and to her "Big Sister" who made invaluable connections for her. Lots and lots of descriptive detail but engaging and I would like to know more about Alysia nowadays.

ChristchurchLib Nov 19, 2013

"Describes the author's life being raised by her widowed, bi-sexual father in the liberating cultural mecca of San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s and how AIDS began claiming the lives of their friends and eventually her father." Biography and Memoir November 2013 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=701378

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Drayjayeff
Sep 17, 2013

Abbott has written an absorbing and touching memoir of her life with her late father. He was a remarkable man in a very unusual situation: a single gay parent raising a daughter in 1970s San Francisco. This is also an unflinching tale of a fraught, but very close, relationship, and she doesn't let herself off the hook. A tenderly realized portrait of Haight Ashbury and the people who lived there that rings true (I visited the city in the late 60s and mid 70s.). Nostalgic and poignant, but, at the same time, intense and soul-searching, I finished Fairyland in two sittings. A terrific read!

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ErinOmaha
Aug 08, 2013

Heartbreaking and eye-opening, this memoir will have you running the gamut of emotions: happiness, sadness, frustration. Abbott offers a tell-all of her actions, feelings and regrets while growing up with her gay father, a single parent, in 70s & 80s San Francisco. Her honesty makes this story touching and unforgettable.

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TracyGuza
Jul 03, 2013

Amazing book about family, love and death set in three of my favorite cities - San Fran, Paris and NYC. Abbott captures the feeling of growing up in the 70's and 80's as well as doing so without a mom and one gay father.

She captures their relationship and the time period so well. Unfortunately, part of that history includes the catastrophic early days of the AIDS epidemic in this country. Very sad, but deeply moving memoir.

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GrapeJM
Aug 07, 2015

"As a small child I had no problem accepting Dad, in all his beautiful queerness. Whether in pants or a dress, he was still my daddy ... ." from Chapter 12

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