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Firebird A Memoir (Paperback)

Author:  Mark Doty
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060931973
ISBN-13: 9780060931971
Sku: 30612184
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  228
Age Range:  NA
 
A respected poet and author offers a harrowing and ultimately redemptive portrait of his childhood and adolescence, providing a glimpse of the horrors of alcoholism and a knowing, sometimes comic, view of suburban America in the 1950s and 1960s. Reprint. *Author: Doty, Mark *Subtitle: A Memoir *Publication Date: 2000/10/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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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.

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.

A gay poet recounts his difficult childhood and the experiences that shaped him as a writer.
Annotation:
Poet Doty's memoir of his lover's death to AIDS won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. His second work of nonfiction is also a memoir, this one focusing on his own childhood. Doty explores growing up sexually confused as his own tendency toward pursuits like dance, poetry, and fashion butted up against his family's expectations of him. He also recalls the troubled lives of his mother, an alcoholic, and his sister, a one-time prostitute.
Author Bio
Mark Doty
Doty won a 2000 National Book Award.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"The prose in which these observations are made is, of course, poetic....But as the book gains momentum and the showdowns between parents and child turn incendiary, any overly ornate flourishes vanish from his writing. What is left is tempered and tough, sorrowing and serene....[I]t makes for...supple, powerful reading." - Michael Upchurch 10/10/1999

Washington Post Book World
"FIREBIRD convincingly evokes the isolation and cruelty of childhood, the potent blend of torment and pride experienced by those who sense, from an early age, that they are different. Doty's nuanced touch makes it easy to identify with the wistful young boy who sits in darks theaters watching horror movies like BEAST FROM THE YEAR 5000; the 10-year-old who secretly dons black stockings and a tux to mimic Judy Garland singing 'Get Happy'; the high school student who, by confessing that he is gay, convinces a sympathetic doctor to write a note excusing him from humiliating gym classes. As one would expect from an accomplished poet, the writing here is vivid and arresting." - David Tuller 01/16/2000

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0228
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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