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Fairyland Apr s la mort de sa femme Steve Abbott crivain et militant homosexuel d m nage San Francisco Avec sa fille de deux ans Alysia il s installe dans le quartier de Haight Ashbury le centre n vr

  • Title: Fairyland
  • Author: Alysia Abbott
  • ISBN: 9782211221238
  • Page: 187
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fairyland By Alysia Abbott, 1974 Apr s la mort de sa femme, Steve Abbott, crivain et militant homosexuel, d m nage San Francisco Avec sa fille de deux ans, Alysia, il s installe dans le quartier de Haight Ashbury, le centre n vralgique de la culture hippie.L o Joan Baez a pris le micro dix ans plus t t pour appeler lutter contre la censure et en faveur de la libert d expression L o les r1974 Apr s la mort de sa femme, Steve Abbott, crivain et militant homosexuel, d m nage San Francisco Avec sa fille de deux ans, Alysia, il s installe dans le quartier de Haight Ashbury, le centre n vralgique de la culture hippie.L o Joan Baez a pris le micro dix ans plus t t pour appeler lutter contre la censure et en faveur de la libert d expression L o les repr sentants officiels de la Beat Generation William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Neal Cassidy annonc rent l av nement de la r volution psych d lique Steve Abbott d couvre une ville en pleine effervescence dans laquelle la communaut gay se bat pour ses droits, il rejoint la sc ne litt raire de l poque et fr quente cette g n ration de jeunes gens bien d cid s tout vivre, tout exp rimenter Commence pour le duo p re fille une vie de boh me, ponctu e de d m nagements, de f tes et de lectures de po sie l arri re des librairies Alysia Abbott raconte son enfance alors que le virus du sida ronge peu peu la ville.ExtraitDans le courant de l ann e 1975, notre foyer s est apais , chacun de nous vivant dans son propre monde Eddie jouait de la guitare, Paulette se peignait devant le miroir, Johnny m ditait dans le jardin d hiver Papa tait content qu on le laisse tranquille, il pouvait ainsi lire et crire pendant que je dessinais des sir nes pr s de la fen tre.Je passais mes matin es au centre a r de Haight Ashbury Papa faisait peu peu la connaissance des m res c libataires les plus excentriques du quartier La m re de Lola, une actrice des Angels of Light, avait jou dans un film de Warhol La m re de Moonbeam vendait de l herbe dans son appartement d Oak Street Elle avait pour habitude de sortir avec des jeunes hommes, de les faire s inscrire l assistance sociale et d empocher leurs ch ques.Quand je ne m amusais pas avec Moonbeam ou Lola, j tais souvent livr e moi m me Les p d s la trouvent mignonne mais ils ont peur d elle , crit mon p re dans une lettre Enfant responsabilit , la panique ultime pour les go stes et les planqu s Cette remarque ne valait pas pour Eddie Body Chaque apr s midi, il venait me chercher au centre a r , le visage barr d un large sourire Une fois, il est arriv en robe Les animateurs ne l ont pas laiss entrer dans la classe, jusqu ce que j entende sa voix et que je courre me jeter dans ses bras Apr s le centre, Ed et mon p re m emmenaient faire de longues balades au Golden Gate Park.Interview J adore Fairyland C est une histoire d amour la fois unique et merveilleuse entre un p re et sa fille qui ont grandi c te c te dans le San Francisco des ann es 1970 Je pense que ce livre fera un film aussi touchant qu engag Sofia CoppolaCe que la presse en dit Le plus beau livre que j aie lu ces derni res ann es Augustin Trapenard, Le Grand Journal, Canal Tout dans ce livre fait cho aux questionnements qui traversent aujourd hui la soci t lisabeth Philippe, Les Inrockuptibles Une belle le on d histoire, de tol rance et d affection entre une fille et un p re Gilles Chenaille, Marie Claire L histoire belle, et tendre, et bouscul e d un duo Nathalie Crom, T l rama Un t moignage unique que Sofia Coppola va porter au cin ma Bertrand Rocher, Grazia

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    1. Cross posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsLast year at this time, I was reading lots of sweet romances with holiday themes This year I was drawn to bleak, sad stories in books, movies and TV.Though I wouldn t say that Fairyland is bleak, there were some extremely sad moments that triggered old memories and made me tear up.Alysia Abbott had a very difficult childhood She lost her mom in a car accident when she was two years old and was raised by her father, an openly gay activist and w [...]

    2. I read this book over two evenings after work I couldn t stop reading because the author and I shared the same childhood It was as if I d spent my entire life displaced in a lonely world as a foreigner and forty years later finally found someone that could speak my language The author tells the story of being raised as an only child by an openly gay parent during the 1970s The language we both speak consist of just a few words that the author italicized at the beginning of C.11 in her book Feeli [...]

    3. See my recent interview with Alysia at BookTrib When Alysia Abbott s mother died in a car accident, her father Steve took his three year old daughter off to San Francisco, where he could be out and proud as a poet and gay activist In her memoir, Fairyland recently named a Stonewall Honor Book in Non Fiction for 2014 , Alysia reflects on her unorthodox upbringing, which proved to be both a curse and a lucky escape An aunt had offered to take Alysia in if Steve had accepted, I would have grown up [...]

    4. Those who hadn t lived through the AIDS epidemic would come to know almost nothing about it, as a cultural amnesia set in The heavy warlike losses of the AIDS years were relegated to queer studies classrooms, taught as gay history and not American history Fairyland, p 315 Ok, you got me there I m not very knowledgeable about LGBT history, American or otherwise, I m afraid Abbott s memoirs of being raised by her gay widowed father in San Francisco in the 1970s and 80s would have completely escape [...]

    5. Everyone wonders what children brought up by single gay parents will be like Look no further Alysia was brought up from a very early age by her father, poet Steve Abbott, who was never well off, always struggling to be a better poet, and always struggling to make a name for himself as a writer not to mention a living In so doing, he helped a lot of other writers, and I was lucky enough to meet him a few times and to be involved in a few of his larger group readings He was a cool guy well, most o [...]

    6. I read this book after listening to the author on NPR Fresh Air It was an amazingly candid interview and the book was the same The setting with a single gay parent was extremely interesting, but in fact the whole book rung true in the whole relationship of parents and kids, and early death in a parent The fact that her dad had such an amazing set of journals and letters, where he didn t just write about things that happened, but how he felt the good and the bad, made it an incredible glimpse int [...]

    7. I won this book as part of a Giveaway.Alysia Abbott definitely has a way with words The picture she paints of San Francisco in the 70s an 80s is wonderfully vivid and pulls you in with the attention to detail The story also provides a heart wrenching, firsthand account of the AIDS epidemic Abbott portrays well the feeling of helplessness and grief of losing so many friends and loved ones I went into the book knowing it would make me cry, and it definitely lived up to that expectation.I was struc [...]

    8. What a treat Alysia Abbott s life with her father, the poet and editor Steven Abbott, in 1980 s San Francisco is a real tearjerker It s also a fascinating look at how a non traditional family operates There are plenty of moments when you re shaking your head and thinking what a horrible father but there are just as many when you re thinking she s a terrible daughter Ultimately, what we see is a poignant, touching story of family, warts and all These people clearly loved each other very much and [...]

    9. Those who hadn t lived through the AIDS epidemic would come to know almost nothing about it, as a cultural amnesia set in The heavy warlike losses of the AIDS years were relegated to queer studies classrooms, taught as gay history and not American history p 315 Make no mistake, while the title may state that it s a memoir of the author s father, it s really a memoir of the author s own transformation, though it takes until the epilogue for her to realize that herself She at last sees herself amo [...]

    10. A lovely portrait of a unique father daughter relationship Abbott polishes up parts of the memoir, no doubt, but she also leaves enough of the grit so that you see how complicated the relationship really was I found myself feeling angry at both father and daughter alternately throughout One the one hand, Abbott s father was selfish leaving her alone at a young age, treating her as if she were an adult, indiscriminate drug use , he still sacrificed in order to be her father He could easily have s [...]

    11. This is such an engrossing and vivid book The story of the author s upbringing is beautifully written, sprinkled with gems of insight and the writer s poetic It is a really compelling window into a world that no longer exists the larger bohemian, politically engaged cultural scene, though mercifully without the trappings of the baby boomer s POV Writing itself becomes such an interesting dynamic in the relationship of the author with her writer father, through journals, letters, notes and finall [...]

    12. I d rate this 4.5 stars.Alysia Abbott was two years old when her mother was killed in a car accident Her parents had a rather unorthodox relationship it was the early 1970s, after all her father was bisexual and dated men while he and her mother were together, while her mother also dated other men, including a suicidal patient she counseled as a psychologist.After her mother s death, Alysia and her father, Steve, moved to San Francisco, where he fully immersed himself in the gay culture of the c [...]

    13. At the end Alysia writes I still feel a part of this queer community This queer history is my queer history This queer history is our queer history I loved that bit, because it is all our histories and affects us all Every time I read something about the AIDS crisis in the 80s and 90s, or watch something on tv, or when I visited the Aids Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco which is also mentioned in the book , I feel overwhelmed with grief Grief for the people who suffered both p [...]

    14. Having just finished this book, it s hard to give it a true rating because it had such an emotional ending, but I had to remind myself that I spent almost the entire book wanting to put it down read something else The beginning is strong the end is strong, but the meat of the book is long tedious.I continued on because I feel this is an important story.Fairyland is the memoir of a girl from 4 to 21 being brought up by her gay, widowed father in San Francisco through the gay plague of HIV Basical [...]

    15. Beautiful story that made me cry like a baby.Although I never lived in San Francisco and never had the same connection to the gay community, I had some ties and this book rang so so true of the times.I vividly remember hanging out with friends outside their apartment on Milton Street in Cincinnati talking about the mysterious gay cancer that was spreading out of the big cities of San Francisco and New York City The anger at Ronald Reagan and his refusal to help The fear I remember Jamey and Bob [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this well written memoir by the age 40 something daughter of an openly gay father growing up in the tumultuous 70s and 80s in san francisco I was born in the same year as the author s father and I have 2 sons about the same age as the author I also spent my university and graduate school years in california, near san francisco But if I were to write a memoir of my life, there would be virtually no overlap with the father s life style, parenting or emotions So this book opened my [...]

    17. Fairyland is an engrossing read Alysia Abbott relays an unusual story of love between a father and daughter She was involved in a culture in which there were usually no other children and few other females She makes unlikely friendships and is even rescued from possible danger by strangers She paints a vivid picture of her surroundings and captures a moment in time through the thoughtful recount of seemingly mundane details If you are of Abbott s generation, these details catapult or softly lull [...]

    18. Writing about the shortcomings of her only parent, her gay activist, writer, poet father who struggled to make a living in 70s and 80s San Francisco Alysia also writes about her own failures as a daughter, especially when her father is dying of AIDS Her father left plenty of journals and letters so it s clear that while he was mired in his own struggles to find a partner, fight his addictions and establish himself as a writer, he also loved his daughter even when he became frustrated that his 4 [...]

    19. This is a touching memoir about the relationship between Alysia Abbot and her gay, poet father, Steve Abbot It is frank, thoughtful, and compassionate In many ways the memoir is framed by the death of her mother, when she was toddler, and the death of her father, when she was in her 20 s She talks with sad honesty about growing up an outsider, both from the mainstream world, which is inhabited through school and in her father s San Francisco literary circles, where children were rare Unsurprisin [...]

    20. Fairyland is a compelling memoir about a little girl growing up in San Francisco in the 70 s with a single dad Steve Abbott, who was an active gay poet living in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood I loved this book The author has such an easy style of writing that completely allows the reader to be in sync with the emotional ride, showing all the cracks, without being overly sentimental She writes effortlessly about the rough times with her father all the while imparting humor and the very special [...]

    21. Fairyland a Memoir of My Father is Alysia Abbott s memoir of being raised from age 3 by her widowed, poet and activist father, Steve Abbott, in Haight Ashbury after her mother s early death in a car accident Mixing her memories with excerpts drawn from his own writings, Abbott lays bare a unique glimpse into the creative ambitions, personal relationships, daily struggles, and parental devotion of a single, gay poet raising a young daughter amidst the growing gay rights movement, the onset of the [...]

    22. A powerful and beautiful memoir of being raised by a gay dad Steve Abbott who was also a writer and editor and important cultural figure in San Francisco, who died of AIDS in 1992 A wonderful book, highly recommended for anyone interested in queer history, probably especially appealing to those of us who lived through some part of the eras described I feel compelled to quote the last few lines of the book Though I am straight and haven t had a living gay parent for almost twenty years, I still f [...]

    23. Alysia grew up in the 1970s and 1980s in San Francisco with her gay activist father, mostly in an apartment at the center of Haight Street After her mother s death in a car crash when she was very young, her father raised her on his own, moving to the city where he was deeply involved in the local poetry scene and also drew comics In the 1980s, like so many others, he falls ill from AIDS, and eventually Alysia, by then a college student studying in New York and Paris, comes home to him I kept dr [...]

    24. I read Alysia Abbott s painfully honest memoir after hearing her being interviewed on Fresh Air Her well written story pieces together her own memories with her father s journals to reconstruct their life together a gay single father raising a daughter in San Francisco in the 1970 s and 80 s up until his death from AIDS in 1992 coincidentally within a block of where I lived in the early 1970 s Alysia s parents met as SDS radicals at Emory University in Atlanta GA during the late 1960 s where Aly [...]

    25. Fairyland is a great time capsule that took me back to the ever changing San Francisco literary, social, and queer Don t say that word communities in the 70s, 80s, and 90s From losing her mother at an early age to being raised by a free spirited, openly gay father, from learning to get herself invited to other families dinners to rebelling against her only parent, from beginning to very sad end, Abbott makes the Abbott shine in her memoir Needless to say, the many journals that her father, Steve [...]

    26. Fairyland is a remarkable story in which Alysia Abbott takes us into her childhood as a young girl growing up with a gay father The father daught relationship is as loving as it is unique The story includes a different perspective of the 1970 s gay rights movement and the AIDS epidemic Abbott is a true storyteller, grabbing readers with intimate details about the life of an artist and the struggle to be accepted In the writing, we see Alysia s love for her father The book also contains Steve Abb [...]

    27. This is the horribly sad and sometimes really beautiful story of a girl raised by her single gay father in San Francisco in the 80s during the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic Abbott writes well, and I was pretty much immediately sucked in She describes her father and her relationship with him, his boyfriends, his work, and the places around the city they frequented and called home, as well as her struggles with her father s sexuality and with the way they lived with such clarity and honesty I tota [...]

    28. Tremendous memoir We get to watch a single gay dad struggle to bring up his bright and curious daughter The vivid details of meals, colors, even the wood grain of a spool table, and the filing system at a news clip service, make New York and San Francisco 80s 90s jump I am interested to know how the author lives as a parent and wife I m hoping for a sequel

    29. I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir Alysia s young life was filled with amazing history The last portion when she came back to San Francisco to care or her father hit a bit too close to home, since it has been just over a month since my mother died So I ended up putting the book down about 20 pages before the end.

    30. The honesty of Alysia Abbott s account of her life with her father combined with her beautiful writing struck a deep chord for me Very moving.

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