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Darling Days: A Memoir

By: Io Tillett Wright

Publisher: HarperCollins Trade

Imprint: Ecco

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9780062368201

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On Sale: | Pages: 400

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Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. Still, no personality was more vibrant and formidable than iO's mother's. Rhonna, a showgirl and young widow, was a mercurial, erratic glamazon. She was iO's fiercest defender and only authority in a world with few boundaries and even fewer indicators of normal life. At the center of Darling Days is the remarkable relationship between a fiery kid and a domineering ma--a bond defined by freedom and control, excess and sacrifice; by heartbreaking deprivation, agonizing rupture, and, ultimately, forgiveness. Darling Days is also a provocative examination of culture and identity, of the instincts that shape us and the norms that deform us, and of the courage and resilience it takes to listen closely to your deepest self. Alternating between the harrowing and the hilarious, Darling Days is the candid, tough, and stirring memoir of a young person in search of an authentic self as family and home life devolve into chaos.
“Darling Days” begins strong. The East Village of Tillett Wright's childhood is especially vivid... But as we move further into the narrative, and deeper into the trials of Tillet Wright's adolescence, his perspective narrows. Though passionately felt and described, his struggles can feel overdetailed; they'd benefit from the insights of an older, wiser narrator.... Nevertheless, it's hard not to root for Tillett Wright when he finally comes into his own, and especially as he finds love with women, accepting a queer identity he'd long feared and resisted...
—New York Times
“Darling Days” begins strong. The East Village of Tillett Wright's childhood is especially vivid... But as we move further into the narrative, and deeper into the trials of Tillet Wright's adolescence, his perspective narrows. Though passionately felt and described, his struggles can feel overdetailed; they'd benefit from the insights of an older, wiser narrator.... Nevertheless, it's hard not to root for Tillett Wright when he finally comes into his own, and especially as he finds love with women, accepting a queer identity he'd long feared and resisted...
—New York Times
Written in the present tense, “Darling Days” has a compelling immediacy. Wright is flinty and outspoken, offering a clear-eyed perspective on gender identity. He's a narrator you want to root for, a person who is defiantly not defined by circumstances... Wright has a dramatic flair that matches the dramatic subject, but occasionally falls into some odd sentences that detract from the story...
—Washington Post
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