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Wilsey's father was a distant, wealthy man who used a helicopter when a moped would do and whose mandates included squeegeeing the stall after every shower. Much of Wilsey's youth was spent as subservient to, or rebelling against this imposing man. But the maternal figures in Wilsey's childhood were no less affecting. His mother, a San Francisco society butterfly turned globe-trotting peace promoter, seemed to behave only in extremes--either trying to convince young Sean to commit suicide with her, or arranging impromptu meetings with the Pope and Mikhail Gorbachev. And Dede, his demon of a stepmother, would have made the Brothers Grimm shiver.
As always with memoirs one must take expansive sections of recalled dialogue with a grain of salt, but Wilsey's short, unflinching sentences keep his outlandish story moving too quickly for much quibbling. In the end, Wilsey says, "It took the unlikely combination of the three of them--mother, father, stepmother--to make me who I am." It's a fairly basic conclusion after 479 pages of turning every stone, but it's also one that renders his story--more than shocking or glorious--human. --Brangien Davis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It makes me so angry knowing that Dede Wilsey has gotten away with so much.
I know I am going against the popular vote here, but I didn't end up finishing this book because it was not interesting enough to hold my attention for 400 pages.
The author is a very good writer who makes his characters come alive, for good or ill.
Memoirs are difficult. Sean does well here. SF life is impenetrable, seemingly most of all to its own insiders. MjPublished 3 months ago by M. Josephson
How often does a rich, disturbed kid turn out to be a really good writer and sound adult. Bravo, an engrossing account.Published 3 months ago by Diane J. Murray
Everyone is despicable. Including the protagonist. Especially the father. Second only to the horrible human known as Dede. How she can live with herself is beyond me.Published 5 months ago by Kenneth A. Brunetti
I greatly enjoyed this book, and I rarely even read non-fiction. Very entertaining from start to finish.Published 8 months ago by Evan
Fantastic book, heartbreaking and hilarious at the same time!!! I came to this book after reading "The Intruders" by Sean Wilsey's mother, Pat Montandon. Read morePublished 10 months ago by C. Herndon
I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. Having lived in San Francisco during the Wilsey-Montandon divorce saga, I came to it with a good deal of background and enormous... Read morePublished 11 months ago by H. Anderson
he touched on the core of a child. no amount of money can make up for confused and egocentric parenting. He exposed the classless and crass high society in our country. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ocean
An extremely funny and honest memoir of a boy growing up, from earliest memories to finally making amends with his family issues in his thirties. Realistic, rambling. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jenn Coyle