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Priestdaddy: A Memoir

by Patricia Lockwood

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Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met, a man who lounges in boxer shorts, loves action movies, and whose constant jamming on the guitar reverberates "like a whole band dying in a plane crash in 1972." His daughter is an irreverent poet who long ago left the Church's country. When an unexpected crisis leads her and her husband to move back into her parents' rectory, their two worlds collide. In Priestdaddy, Lockwood interweaves emblematic moments from her childhood and adolescence, from an ill-fated family hunting trip and an abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cultlike Catholic youth group, with scenes that chronicle the eight-month adventure she and her husband had in her parents' household after a decade of living on their own. Lockwood details her education of a seminarian who is also living at the rectory, tries to explain Catholicism to her husband, who is mystified by its bloodthirstiness and arcane laws, and encounters a mysterious substance on a hotel bed with her mother. Lockwood pivots from the raunchy to the sublime, from the comic to the deeply serious, exploring issues of belief, belonging, and personhood. Priestdaddy is an entertaining, unforgettable portrait of a deeply odd religious upbringing, and how one balances a hard-won identity with the weight of family and tradition.… (more)
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    RidgewayGirl: The fathers in these two books are very similar, although Lockwood tempers her humor with a lot of honesty and introspection, while Key keeps things humorous (and more shallow).
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This book is exuberant, flawed, distressing, and intoxicated, and I read a borrowed copy so I’ll have to buy one for myself to re-read every year or two. ( )
  dmturner | Jun 29, 2020 |
First of all, let me say that the writing is beautiful. She has such a way with words; I'm not surprised she's a poet. The book makes reference to one of her poems, The Rape Joke and I highly recommend that you read it. It's available on line.

This book pulled on so many emotions. At times, it is laugh-out-loud funny. Other times, I found the humour rather juvenile. Other times, it is very sad. Despite it's weak narrative arc, it's not a book I will forget because of the strong and varied emotions it provoked in me. ( )
  LynnB | Jun 26, 2020 |
Why, WHY did I wait so long to read this? Why didn’t more of you goad me into making sure I read it sooner? Already want to read it again and highlight all of this phenomenal metaphors and the multiple times I laughed! ( )
  amandanan | Jun 6, 2020 |
I was worried I wouldn't like this book because it would be too twitter, basically, and because I don't read and don't like poetry. There are one zillion metaphors in the first few chapters and I worried I would abandon it and then wonder if it was fear of the new or fear of poets or women with short hair. Instead I read it in one sitting! It's funny and extremely relatable to me, least of all because I know someone molested by the same priest in St. Louis, because I know which gun store for women in Shawnee she's describing, and because, no shit, I've had the same conversation about the song "Imagine" with a parent. I've never read a book by someone whose father hated the Clintons as much as mine did. So many shudders of recognition, lots of laughs, zillions of metaphors. It sparkles with love and wit. I'd recommend it to my dad except he is actually afraid of women with short hair. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
This is gonna go down as one of the best memoirs of the 21st century. ( )
  jtth | May 4, 2020 |
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