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Firebird: A Memoir

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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 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.

Synopsis:

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 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.

About the Author

Mark Doty has received many honors for his poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. A National Book Award finalist and two-time recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship he is the only American poet to have won Britain's T.S. Eliot Prize. The author of three prose volumes — Heaven's Coast, Firebird, and Still Life with Oysters and Lemon — he teaches in the graduate program at the University of Houston. Mr. Doty lives in Houston and in Provincetown.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060931971
Author:
Doty, Mark
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Mark Doty
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Parental Memoirs
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Childhood Memoir
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.06x5.42x.57 in. .45 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , 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 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.

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