It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by The Book Date.

Read Last Week: 

PrismThe ReaderSharp ObjectsCreature Saul

Currently Reading: 

16071752Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad by Alison Wearing

Synopsis: A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love.

Alison Wearing led a largely carefree childhood until she learned, at the age of 12, that her family was a little more complex than she had realized. Sure her father had always been unusual compared to the other dads in the neighbourhood: he loved to bake croissants, wear silk pyjamas around the house, and skip down the street singing songs from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. But when he came out of the closet in the 1970s, when homosexuality was still a cardinal taboo, it was a shock to everyone in the quiet community of Peterborough, Ontario—especially to his wife and three children.

Alison’s father was a professor of political science and amateur choral conductor, her mother was an accomplished pianist and marathon runner, and together they had fed the family a steady diet of arts, adventures, mishaps, normal frustrations and inexhaustible laughter. Yet despite these agreeable circumstances, Joe’s internal life was haunted by conflicting desires. As he began to explore and understand the truth about himself, he became determined to find a way to live both as a gay man and also a devoted father, something almost unheard of at the time. Through extraordinary excerpts from his own letters and journals from the years of his coming out, we read of Joe’s private struggle to make sense and beauty of his life, to take inspiration from an evolving society and become part of the vanguard of the gay revolution in Canada.

Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is also the story of “coming out” as the daughter of a gay father. Already wrestling with an adolescent’s search for identity when her father came out of the closet, Alison promptly “went in,” concealing his sexual orientation from her friends and spinning extravagant stories about all of the “great straight things” they did together. Over time, Alison came to see that life with her father was surprisingly interesting and entertaining, even oddly inspiring, and in fact, there was nothing to hide.

Balancing intimacy, history and downright hilarity, Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter is a captivating tale of family life: deliciously imperfect, riotously challenging, and full of life’s great lessons in love. Alison brings her story to life with a skillfully light touch in this warm, heartfelt and revelatory memoir.

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11 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I love a good book hoarder! This book sounds rather interesting, I enjoy a good memoir and I bet it was challenging for her and her Dad back in the ’80’s. Putting it into my list to read.

  2. Now that John Saul book is a blast from the past. I think I read that one – many, many years ago. I read a bunch of Saul books at that time. I have not read Sharp Objects yet. One day. I didn’t love Gone Girl, but mostly I was just annoyed with it. Keep meaning to read her other books.

    • It’s only my second John Saul book. The first one I read last year. I have a few more on my shelves that I want to get to soon.

      I was pretty annoyed with Sharp Objects and I figured out how it was going to end early on. It was just an okay read.

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