Fairyland A Memoir of My Father By Abbott, Alysia Book - 2013

Abbott has written an absorbing and touching memoir of her life with her late father. He was a remarkable man in a very unusual situation: a single gay parent raising a daughter in 1970s San Francisco. This is also an unflinching tale of a fraught, but very close, relationship, and she doesn't let herself off the hook. A tenderly realized portrait of Haight Ashbury and the people who lived there that rings true (I visited the city in the late 60s and mid 70s.). Nostalgic and poignant, but, at the same time, intense and soul-searching, I finished Fairyland in two sittings. A terrific read!

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