Fairyland A Memoir of My Father

ISBN-10: 0393348903
ISBN-13: 9780393348903
Edition: 2014
Authors: Alysia Abbott
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Description: 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 liberation—few of whom  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/2/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

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 liberation—few of whom are raising a child.Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s 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 Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she has befriended—fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s 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 father’s 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 father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.

Alysia Abbott 's work has appeared in Real Simple , Salon , and Atlantic.com . She was a Nieman Affiliate at Harvard University and a contributing producer at WNYC radio. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

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