Oh the Glory of it All
"In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.
Sean's blonde-bombshell mother (one of the thinly-veiled characters in Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City) is a 1980s society page staple. His enigmatic father uses a jet helicopter to drop Sean off at the video arcade. When Sean, "the kind of child who sings songs to sick flowers," turns nine-years old, his father divorces his mother and marries her best friend. Sean's life blows apart.It is a multiplicity of settings and kaleidoscopic mix of preoccupations/sex, Russia, jet helicopters, seismic upheaval, boarding schools, Middle Earth, skinheads, home improvement, suicide, skateboarding, massage, Christian fundamentalism, dogs, Texas, truth, evil, masturbation, hope and eventual salvation.
'Holey moley this is a great read - probably the most compulsively readable book I've picked up in years' Dave Eggers 'Sean Wilsey's magnificent memoir spares no one but forgives almost everything. I couldn't stop reading the damn thing' Armistead Maupin, author of Tales of the City
Sean Wilsey's writing has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, and McSweeney's quarterly, where he is the Editor at Large. Before coming to McSweeney's he worked as an editorial assistant at The New Yorker, a fact checker at Ladies Home Journal, a letters correspondent at Newsweek, and an apprentice gondolier in Venice, Italy. He was born in San Francisco, in 1970, and now lives in New York with his wife, Daphne Beal, and his son, Owen.