By John Burnside
A relocating, unforgettable memoir of 2 misplaced males: a father and his child.
He had his ultimate center assault within the Silver Band membership in Corby, someplace among the bar and the cigarette computer. A foundling; a fantasist; a morose, threatening drinker who was once speedy together with his arms, he hadn't visible his son for years. John Burnside's awesome tale of this failed courting is a superbly written evocation of a misplaced and broken international of formative years and the constants of his father's international: males outlined via the drink they can take and the ache they can stand, males formed by way of their guilt and machismo.
A Lie approximately My Father is set forgiving yet no longer forgetting, approximately analyzing the best way males are made and the way they disintegrate, approximately figuring out that during order to have an outstanding son you want to have a superb father.
Saltire Scottish booklet of the yr and the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction e-book of the Year.
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I’ll see you around, Vick,” I said, before heading to the door, with Gail’s hand in mine. We pushed past the kids in the hallway. I was totally intrigued by Gail. Unfortunately, Vickie, poor Vickie, well, she just didn’t understand. Not the way I did. I thought of Bowie, and Elton, and Lou Reed. If they could all come out about being bi, then I wanted to know what it’s all about. Jesus, I was fifteen years old—I wasn’t a baby anymore. I wanted to experience this. I wanted to experience her. Gail drove me home.
Before jumping into Vickie’s old red Chevy. Vickie was a good friend. She was eighteen and had already graduated from high school. Whenever I wanted to ditch school, she’d pick me up in her car and we’d take off to waste time, listen to music, and hang out . . People said that we could have been sisters, and it was true: the resemblance was really uncanny. She’d even cut her hair into a shag around the same time that I did . . although she drew the line at dyeing it every color of the rainbow.
Not the way I did. I thought of Bowie, and Elton, and Lou Reed. If they could all come out about being bi, then I wanted to know what it’s all about. Jesus, I was fifteen years old—I wasn’t a baby anymore. I wanted to experience this. I wanted to experience her. Gail drove me home. We crept into the rec room and climbed the stairs to the second floor. I put some music on, Bowie crooning, “It was a god-awful small affair . ” and I fell into bed with Gail. When we kissed this time, there was an urgency to it, a passion that propelled us along with its own momentum.
A Lie About My Father by John Burnside