A Lie About My Father

A Lie About My Father

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The author learns to lie to and about his father in a memoir of growing up in the tough working-class neighborhoods of Scotland and England while enduring his father's self-hatred, which was expressed through enraged violence, cruelty, and belittlement. Original.

McMillan Palgrave

My father told lies all his life and, because I knew no better, I repeated them. Lies about everything, great and small, were the very fabric of my world.

The lie in the title of astonishing memoir Lie About My Father is born of shame. Traveling around upstate New York in the nineties, John Burnside can't bear to share the truth about his father during a casual conversation with a hitchhiker. He covers his uneasiness with a lie. It felt natural to do so.

His father, abandoned as a baby on a stranger's doorstep, created a masterful web of deceit to erase this unbearable fact. John, even as a child, represented everything that was wrong with the world and became the recipient of his father's selfhatred in the form of enraged violence, and worse, petty, cruel belittlement. Growing up in the tough working-class neighborhoods of Scotland and later England, John learned to lie back to his father and, later, about his father.



Blackwell North Amer
The lie in the title of this memoir is born of shame. Traveling around upstate New York in the 1990s, John Burnside can't bear to share the truth about his father during a casual conversation with a hitchhiker. He covers his uneasiness with a lie. It felt natural to do so.
His father, abandoned as a baby on a stranger's doorstep, created a masterful web of deceit to erase this unbearable fact. John, even as a child, represented everything that was wrong with the world and became the recipient of his father's self-hatred in the form of enraged violence, and worse, petty, cruel belittlement. Growing up in the tough working-class neighborhoods of Scotland and England, John learned to lie back to his father, and later, about his father.

Publisher: Saint Paul, Minn. : Graywolf Press, c2007
ISBN: 9781555974671
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 23 cm

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