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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.
I loved this book. Wilsey had a fascinating childhood, rare in many ways, but entirely relatable at its core. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ellomeno
I think the editor was a political appointee - ie, no show job. Way more here than there needs to be.Published 4 months ago by Kim T
Read it twice now. I didn't want it to end either time. I recommend it to everyone. Favorite book ever.Published 5 months ago by xoxo
A real spellbound her that you cannot put down. It's hard to believe that this is a true story, but it is. I guess this is America greed at its best!Published 7 months ago by John Clarke
Memoirs are difficult. Sean does well here. SF life is impenetrable, seemingly most of all to its own insiders. MjPublished 11 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 11 months ago by Diane J. Murray