Firebird: A Memoir

September 19, 2000|
Firebird: A Memoir by Mark Doty
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"A beautifully written, hallucinatorily evocative memoir of growing up gay in baby-boom America."  — Newsweek

In his powerful autobiography, Firebird, Mark Doty tells the story of a ten-year-old in a top hat, cane, and red chiffon scarf, interrupted while belting out Judy Garland''s "Get Happy" by his alarmed mother at the bedroom door, exclaiming, "Son, you''re a boy!"

Firebird presents us with a heroic little boy who has quite enough worries without discovering that his dawning sexuality is the Wrong One. A self-confessed "chubby smart bookish sissy with glasses and a Southern accent," Doty grew up on the move, the family following his father''s engineering work across America-from Tennessee to Arizona, Florida to California. A lyrical, heartbreaking comedy of one family''s dissolution through the corrosive powers of alcohol, sorrow, and thwarted desire, Firebird is also a wry evocation of childhood''s pleasures and terrors, a comic tour of American suburban life, and a testament to the transformative power of art.

In Firebird, Mark Doty tells the story of a ten-year-old in a top hat, cane, and red chiffon scarf, interrupted while belting out Judy Garland's "Get Happy" by his alarmed mother at the bedroom door, exclaiming, "Son, you're a boy!"Firebird presents us with a heroic little boy who has quite enough worries without discovering that his d...
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Title:Firebird: A Memoir
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.51 in
Shipping dimensions:224 pages, 8 X 5.31 X 0.51 in
Published:September 19, 2000
Publisher:HarperCollins
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780060931971

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