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Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
  • Hardcover $27.00

    May 02, 2017 | 352 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    May 02, 2017 | 352 Pages

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“Patricia Lockwood’s side-splitting Priestdaddy puts the poetry back in memoir. Her verbal verve creates a reading experience of effervescent joy, even as Lockwood takes you through some of her life’s darker passages. Destined to be a classic, Priestdaddy is this year’s must-read memoir.”
–Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club

“Beautiful, funny and poignant.  I wish I’d written this book.” 
–Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy

“Lockwood’s book is really a rather deliciously old-school, big-R Romantic endeavor: a chronicle of the growth of a mind, the evolution of an imagination.”—The Atlantic
“You’ll be wowed by Patricia Lockwood’s darkly profane and poetic memoir Priestdaddy.”—Elle Magazine

“Wildly entertaining…[Patricia Lockwood’s] humor and poetic descriptions are both impressively prolific, every sentence somehow funnier than the one you just read.” 
New York Magazine’s The Cut

“Funny and gorgeously written, with scenes so witty and zany they could be lifted from a Broadway show, Priestdaddy will be one of the major prose debuts of the year.”
– The Huffington Post

“Lockwood, a poet, applies succulent, Technicolor imagery to her prose. She is also wickedly funny, a balm for some of the memoir’s darker places… Lockwood’s astonishing way with language is reason enough to keep reading.”—BUST Magazine
“This is a book that will transport the reader deep into Lockwood’s zany and appealing point of view. The sheer authority of the prose will occasionally take the reader’s breath away. To say I could not put the book down does not do it justice, nor would quotations from the dozens of pages that struck me as beautiful and unforgettable and weird. Do yourself a favor and read this memoir.”—BookPage

“A richly textured story of an unconventional family and life . . . Funny, tender, and profane, Lockwood’s complex story moves with lyrical ease between comedy and tragedy as it explores issues of identity, religion, belonging, and love.  A linguistically dexterous, eloquently satisfying narrative debut.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Lockwood magically combines laugh-aloud moments with frank discussions of social issues and shows off her poet’s skills with lovely, metaphor-filled descriptions that make this memoir shine.”—Booklist

Priestdaddy is a revelatory debut, a meditation on family and art that finds poetry in the unlikeliest things, including poetry. Patricia Lockwood’s prose is nothing short of ecstatic; every sentence hums with vibrant, anarchic delight, and her portrait of her epically eccentric family life is funny, warm, and stuffed to bursting with emotional insight. If I could write like this, I would.”
–Joss Whedon
“I’m an agnostic, but I truly believe that we are all blessed by Patricia Lockwood’s decision to lend her amazing facility for language to prose with Priestdaddy. It’s a hilarious book full of heavy truths; a wonderful study of one of life’s most precious resources – beautiful weirdos.”
– Andy Richter

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