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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.
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I want to be her friend. submitted by edb.blanchard on July 4, 2018, 3:22pm This memoir does not give every explicit detail of Lockwood's life, she tells stories and anecdotes from her childhood and adolescence that reveal truth. She has a unique and refreshing method of cleverly arranging words to create metaphors and poetry to tell her story. I laughed out loud and thought deeply during moments when I could relate-church youth group, older sisters, and traveling. As well as moments with which I could not relate.
submitted by marguerite biancke on July 31, 2018, 12:41pm
I felt like I was in the middle of a disjointed sitcom
New York : Riverhead Books, 
Year Published: 2017
Description: 336 pages ; 24 cm.
Poets, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.