Simply sensational. I often found myself smiling and laughing with goosebumps. I felt genuine fondness and care for Wearing and her family, and was grateful for her (and her father) publishing this account of their lives. It is a great look into part of history from the perspective of very intelligent and articulate people. I'm not a fan of memoirs, so this must not be one! *Smile*
I bought this book on a whim, and will read Wearing's other book as a consequence. Another fine Canadian writer.
This is Wearing's memoir, centering around her Father who didn't come out until he was 40, disrupting the nuclear family in which she'd been raised. We get three different perspectives, from her and her parents, and the writing varies (in timbre) along a spectrum of fun to deep. This is heavy material, and the author is painfully honest in telling the story. It is great work.
This book may draw interest as a LGBT favorite, but it is a fine memoir, regardless of interest.
Wonderful, sensitive book with laugh out loud moments. One thing that comes through loud and clear is that the presence of love in a family eventually overrides any adversity.
A fun book to read, I laughed and cried.
Alison is a wonderful writer. I felt that I had known this family all my life.
a fairy's tale with a happy ending.
A loving and lovely exploration of the author's childhood and her father's role in it. She's funny, compassionate and open-minded, recalling and understanding her mother's actions in the family, as well. She describes the little details that made up her childhood, the type of details we all just accept as children and then, once we grow up and begin putting the pieces in place, begin to see as demonstrating our parents being actual persons living actual lives, not merely adjuncts of our own lives. This is a really great book.
An entertaining and uplifting memoir that encompasses people and events central to Canadian gay history, such as the Toronto bathhouse raids that were the catalyst for LGBTQ human rights activism in Canada.
Brilliant. Touching. Poetic. Humourous. Poignant. Explores the complexities of human nature, love, and family. A quick read because you just don't want to put it down...
Real. Genuine. Uplifting. Heart-breaking. Mellow. Touching . . . and much much more. Simply Outstanding.
Great book. This memoir of growing up with a gay father is absorbing and engaging. Don't pick it up just as you're preparing to move...
The book is structured to give the various points of view of the main players. First is the author's childhood (and later) gradual realization that her father is not like the others - with her subsequent retreat into the closet of denial, even as her father makes the opposite journey. Next is a description of the same time span from the father's point of view (based on journals, notes, letters, and so on). The mother's experiences are given brief attention with a final section bringing the narrative up to date with the way the family now functions.
It's often forgotten that the family of an out person must themselves also be 'outed' as the relations of gay people. This book explores this experience from both sides of the coin. Well worth your time.
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