Priestdaddy: A Memoir

Priestdaddy: A Memoir Author Patricia Lockwood
ISBN-10 1594633738
ISBN-13 9781594633737
Year 2017-05-02
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
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Consistently alive with feeling Lockwood s prose is cute and dirty and innocent and experienced Betty Boop in a pas de deux with David Sedaris The New York TimesYoull be wowed by Patricia Lockwoods darkly profane and poetic memoirPriestdaddy Elle Magazine From Patricia Lockwooda writer acclaimed for her wildly original voicea vivid heartbreakingly funny memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever meta man who lounges in boxer shorts loves action movies and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972 His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Churchs country When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents rectory their two worlds collide In Priestdaddy Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescencefrom an ill fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth groupwith scenes that chronicle the eight month adventure she and her husband had in her parents household after a decade of living on their own Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory tries to explain Catholicism to her husband who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime from the comic to the deeply serious exploring issues of belief belonging and personhood Priestdaddy is an entertaining unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing and how one balances a hard won identity with the weight of family and tradition

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