Synopses & Reviews
A moving memoir about growing up with a gay father in the 1980s, and a tribute to the power of truth, humour, acceptance and familial love.
Alison Wearing grew up with an unusual father compared with other Peterborough children--Joe Wearing loved to bake croissants, sing Gilbert and Sullivan tunes as he ambled down the street, and wear silk pyjamas in the house, but when he came out of the closet in the late 1970s when he was 39, and Alison was 12, homosexuality was still a major taboo, and his news was a surprise to everyone. Until then, the Wearings had lived a mostly happy and placid life, Alison's father, a professor of political science, and her mother, an accomplished pianist and marathon runner. This is also very much Alison's story of "coming out" as the daughter of a gay father. She was an adolescent when her father came out, already dealing with the usual struggles of identity as she became a teenager, and when he came out, she "went in," concealing the fact of her father's sexuality. The dignity and quiet certainty that Joe possessed as he searched for a way to live his life as both a gay man and also a devoted father, and his humble determination to find a way to do so (a rare accomplishment in those days), comes through in his own documents from the time period. Alison tells the family's story with a light touch in this warm, humorous and still revelatory memoir.
About the Author
Alison Wearing's first book, the bestselling, internationally acclaimed memoir Honeymoon in Purdah: An Iranian Journey, was inspired by her 1995 travels through the Middle East. Her writing has won a National Magazine Award Gold Medal, a Western Canada Magazine Award 1st Prize, was a finalist for the Journey Prize, and has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Queen's Quarterly, BorderCrossings, Geist, Canadian Forum, enRoute, ascent and Shambhala Sun, as well as in the Dropped Threads, AWOL and Journey Prize anthologies. Alison's 1-woman show Giving Into Light has taken top honours in Fringe (theatre) Festivals across Canada, including 4 Best of Fest awards, a Pick of the Fringe (Drama), Top 5 of the Fringe, and was a finalist for the Critics' Choice Spotlight Award for Best Fringe Production of 2011 (CBC/CVV Magazine/Times Colonist/Monday Magazine), and her 2nd 1-woman show, Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter, won Best of Fest at its Canadian premiere.