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Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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“I can fully recommend it, I read it cover to cover, the writing was excellent and was completely engrossed; the story is incredibly compelling.” (Megyn Kelly, Megyn Kelly TODAY )
“[Hiding Out] brims with drunkenness, sexuality and urgency...She showcases excellent writing skills, packaging grit and grime into glistening prose. Her twisted mystery, family woes of the nastiest kind and multilayered love stories spin together to form a “can’t-put-down” read in Hiding Out.”
“Scandalous, resonant, and refreshingly free of self-justification, Hiding Out is a compelling tale of sin and service, concealment and disclosure, hedonism and righteousness...an in-the-moment dose of the exhilarating tragedy of being alive.” (Mark Riebling, author of Church of Spies)
“Allen’s life — once dominated by cruelty and abuse — takes a deep dive into decadence, fueled by cocaine, champagne and Sir John’s never-ending supply of mysterious money. Hiding Out is about a lot of lies, and some are the ones we tell ourselves.” (New York Daily News)
“Brutally honest and shamelessly truthful.” (Fr. Richard Rohr, author of Falling Upward)
“Hiding Out is a whiplash read for its drama and intrigue, but it’s also an openhearted exploration of history, hypocrisy, and the fact that we may never know the answers to the questions that have shaped our lives.” (Shondaland.com)
“This is not a book for the faint of heart. Tina scrubs her soul clean within its pages, uncovering and exposing the web of lies her young adulthood had become…[she] succeeds on all levels with this memoir you definitely will not forget.” (Talk Nerdy With Us)
“A writer candidly confronts her personal truth in her quest for transformation, transcendence, and redemption.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Deeply felt” (Booklist)
From the Back Cover
Two lives, forever bound together by secrets
Tina Alexis Allen, the youngest of thirteen in a devout Catholic family, had what appeared to be a privileged and normal childhood: She grew up in a fancy house with a pool in the suburbs outside of Washington, D.C. Her family was deeply entrenched in their faith, gathering together for lively dinners and festive holidays. She was a high school basketball star, winning a full scholarship to college. She was beautiful, cared for, and, to those who didn’t know the whole story, happy.
But as with many families, appearance and truth are often far apart. Tina’s life, and the lives of her mother and twelve siblings, was dominated by Sir John, her charming but formidable father—an English orphan, ex-soldier, and Catholic servant so diligent that he had been knighted by the pope. With a hot temper, an obvious disdain for his wife, and a devotion to drinking that rivaled his devotion to God, Sir John kept his family, ever watchful and fearful of the volcano in their midst, on edge.
As Tina grew into a smart-mouthed teenager, she began to trade in the commodity of secrets, keeping her lesbian identity, her romances with older women, and a deeper secret shame concealed in her heart. It was not until Sir John brought Tina into his successful Catholic travel agency as a protégé that she learned he was even more expert than she in the complicated work of secret keeping.
Together, father and daughter create a private world—reveling in their true identities, pushing the boundaries, and living parallel double lives. But what begins as a tender confession of truth and trust quickly spirals into booze-soaked nights of sex, drugs, and lies. And, as Tina dives ever deeper into her father’s life, she discovers a deeply conflicted man whose commitment to his faith has led him into another secret world. This one, she will never know.
Hiding Out is a memoir of a father and daughter who fight like hell to create an honest relationship. It is also an astonishing story of self-discovery, the family ties that bind, the shame that binds even tighter, and the power of the truth to set us free. Hiding Out shows us that real life does always have the edge on fiction.
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Tina, the youngest of thirteen siblings learned to lie at an early age to hide her dark secrets. The story turns on its head when she realizes her father, a devout Catholic, who sired thirteen children, and had intimate ties to the Holy Roman See, was also living a double life.
Tina’s taut writing style keeps the narrative moving at breakneck speed. She shares her startling history as she lived her life, no-holds-barred.
Nevertheless, the book probably deserves one more star for having an unusual story flow...Give it a try..