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Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing up with a Gay Dad

By Alison Wearing (Knopf Canada)

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Originally performed as a monologue, Confessions may appear to speak to a very specific, minority audience, but it’s this kind of misconception he book challenges. As Wearing comes to understand as an adult, “So long as the rest of society can get over it, the ‘gay’ part doesn’t matter nearly so much as the ‘parent’ part.” In this uniquely crafted, four-points-of-view narrative---including the voice of Wearing, her father, her mother and the family---not only are the specific (sometimes hilariously cliche) repercussions of having a gay father in 1970s suburban Ontario explored, but along with it Toronto’s nascent gay scene and its affect on both participants and their families. In a respectfully literary but pragmatic tone, this book challenges the stereotypes of gay parents, while presenting the story of a man who, at a glance, embodies them all. Most poignantly, it chronicles Wearing’s own “coming out” as the daughter of a gay man.

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