Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

3,97 valoración promedio
( 2.508 valoraciones por Goodreads )
 
9780393082524: Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

A beautiful, vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father.

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.

10 illustrations

"Sinopsis" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

About the Author:

Alysia Abbott's work has appeared in Real Simple, Salon, and TheAtlantic.com. She is a graduate of the New School's MFA program and was a contributing producer at WNYC radio. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.

Review:

Fairyland is [a] daughter's compassionate, clear-eyed reckoning with [the] truths that defined her singular girlhood at the dawn of the gay liberation movement.”
- Alexandra Styron, New York Times Book Review

“In Alysia Abbott’s gorgeous account of her 1980s San Francisco childhood, a whimsical gay poet becomes an intelligent father, his motherless daughter a forceful and articulate young woman, and a rich, dizzy fairyland is shuttered by a plague. 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, Author of The Bishop’s Daughter

“The striking photo on the cover of Fairyland looks like it could have been taken one hundred years ago. It gives a sense of the otherworldly childhood that Abbott recounts in this memoir about growing up with her openly gay, single father in San Francisco in the nineteen-seventies and eighties. The memoir doubles as a portrait of a city and a community at a crucial point in history. Her memoir is funny, strange, and sweet― she remembers playing dress-up with her father's flamboyant friends, learning about sex and gender without a mother, being immersed in art and creativity and, finally, watching as the AIDS epidemic decimated the life she knew.”
- New Yorker

“A vivid, sensitively written account of a complex but always loving relationship. This is not only a painfully honest autobiography but also a tribute to old-fashioned bohemian values in a world that is increasingly conformist and materialistic. I couldn't put it down!”
- Edmund White, author of A Boy's Own Story

“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, author of Are You My Mother?

“At once a father-daughter love story, a testament to survival, a meditation on profound loss, and a searing chronicle of a complex coming of age, Fairyland is a beautiful, haunting book that instructs, even as it breaks our hearts.”
- Dani Shapiro, author of Devotion: A Memoir

“Clear-eyed and heartrending, Fairyland captures a singular time and place in American history. It also captures something much more important: what it means to be truly loved―and to love truly. A beautiful book.”
- Andrew McCarthy, author of The Longest Way Home

“Insightful and well-crafted, this book is useful both as a memoir and as a historical portrait of one of America's oldest gay communities.”
- Library Journal

“Alysia beautifully remembers the innocence of the age between the disappearance of the Beats and the onset of AIDS.”
- San Francisco Chronicle

“As a chronicle of American culture, Abbott's story matters.”
- Boston Globe

“Starred review. 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 (2011), 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

“What makes this story especially successful is the meticulous way the author uses letters and her father’s cartoons and journals to reconstruct the world she and her father inhabited. As she depicts the dynamics of a unique, occasionally fraught, gay parent–straight child relationship, Abbott offers unforgettable glimpses into a community that has since left an indelible mark on both the literary and social histories of one of America’s most colorful cities. A sympathetic and deeply moving story.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“Beautifully written... a powerful portrait of a love between a father and his daughter, but also of San Francisco in the 1970s and ‘80s and the power of community, art, and love in the face of discrimination and death.”
- Kasia Hopkins, News Gazette

“Extraordinary.”
- Jeff Calder, Chicago Tribune

“I love the book Fairyland; it's a sweet and unique love story.”
- Sofia Coppola

"Sobre este título" puede pertenecer a otra edición de este libro.

Los mejores resultados en AbeBooks

1.

Abbott, Alysia
Editorial: W. W. Norton & Company (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Tapa dura Cantidad: 1
Librería
Integrity Books Corp.
(Mayfield Heights, OH, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción W. W. Norton & Company, 2013. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000013642

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 7,72
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,40
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

2.

Alysia Abbott
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Cantidad: 1
Librería
LVeritas
(Newton, MA, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Estado de conservación: New. Gift Quality Book in Excellent Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería 36SFFI0004SS

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 12,50
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 0,85
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

3.

Alysia Abbott
Editorial: WW Norton Publishers
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Cantidad: > 20
Librería
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción WW Norton Publishers. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 0393082520

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 13,25
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 2,98
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

4.

Abbott, Alysia
Editorial: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Tapa dura Cantidad: > 20
Librería
Mediaoutlet12345
(Springfield, VA, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción W. W. Norton & Company. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0393082520 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Nº de ref. de la librería SWATI2132342209

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 14,05
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,40
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

5.

Abbott, Alysia
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Cantidad: 1
Librería
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción 2013. HRD. Estado de conservación: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Nº de ref. de la librería IB-9780393082524

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 14,42
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,40
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

6.

Alysia Abbot
Editorial: WW Norton Co, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Tapa dura Cantidad: 1
Librería
The Book Depository US
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Nº de ref. de la librería AAC9780393082524

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 18,41
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

7.

Alysia Abbot
Editorial: WW Norton Co, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Tapa dura Cantidad: 1
Librería
Book Depository hard to find
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. 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. Nº de ref. de la librería BTE9780393082524

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 19,07
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

8.

Alysia Abbot
Editorial: WW Norton Co, United States (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Tapa dura Cantidad: 1
Librería
The Book Depository
(London, Reino Unido)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción WW Norton Co, United States, 2013. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Nº de ref. de la librería AAC9780393082524

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 19,07
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: GRATIS
De Reino Unido a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

9.

Alysia Abbott
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Cantidad: 1
Librería
Castle Rock
(Pittsford, NY, Estados Unidos de America)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción Estado de conservación: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Nº de ref. de la librería 97803930825241.0

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 17,20
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 3,40
A Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

10.

Alysia Abbott
Editorial: W.W Norton & Company, New York (2013)
ISBN 10: 0393082520 ISBN 13: 9780393082524
Nuevos Tapa dura Cantidad: 1
Librería
GOOD OLD BOOKS
(Barrie, ON, Canada)
Valoración
[?]

Descripción W.W Norton & Company, New York, 2013. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. Nº de ref. de la librería C24C24

Más información sobre esta librería | Hacer una pregunta a la librería

Comprar nuevo
EUR 12,72
Convertir moneda

Añadir al carrito

Gastos de envío: EUR 8,52
De Canada a Estados Unidos de America
Destinos, gastos y plazos de envío

Existen otras copia(s) de este libro

Ver todos los resultados de su búsqueda