Praised by Alexandra Styron in The New York Times as "a daughter's compassionate, clear-eyed reckoning with the truths that defined her singular girlhood," Fairyland is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of San Francisco's vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and '80s, both before and after the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that would later claim the life of Abbott's father, Steve Abbott, a widowed poet and gay activist.
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Author Alysia Abbott had this to say in her own statement.
Published by W. W. Norton & Company in June, Fairyland was featured on NPR's "Fresh Air," and was further extolled in The New Yorker as a memoir that "doubles as a portrait of a city and a community at a crucial point in history... [Abbott] remembers playing dress-up with her father's flamboyant friends, learning about sex and gender without a mother, being immersed in art and creativity, and, finally, watching as the AIDS epidemic decimated the life she knew."
The author was represented by Brandy Rivers at The Gersh Agency, David Davoli of Davoli Law Firm, and David Patterson at Foundry Literary + Media. Zoetrope was represented by ICM Partners and attorneys Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.