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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 greatly enjoyed this book, and I rarely even read non-fiction. Very entertaining from start to finish.Published 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 months ago by Jenn Coyle
This book had me totally laughing out loud many times. I would just burst out laughing at how he described these horrible situations. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mamasan
A great book, especially if you are at all familiar with San Francisco social politics. Very fascinating, heartbreaking and triumphant.Published 10 months ago by jill
i am in SF part time so i am familiar with the people in the book. many of the happenings take place in familiar territory. It was very interesting reading.Published 12 months ago by Julie A. Fong
A bit dull at times and certainly entertaining at others. Certainly the object of the book was clear as a bell.Published 15 months ago by Trudy Weil