Steve se sumerge de inmediato en la vibrante escena cultural de San Francisco. Lleva a Alysia a fiestas de adultos, la pone delante del micrófono en sus lecturas poéticas y hace que se sienta cómoda en un ambiente de artistas, pensadores y escritores, en un frenesí de apartamentos y compañeros de piso que cambian sin parar.
Durante un tiempo, a Alysia su vida le parece de cuento de hadas, pero al llegar a la adolescencia algo empieza a no encajar. El mundo —pronto lo aprende— es hostil a la diferencia. Y por si aquello fuera poco una misteriosa enfermedad empieza a hacer estragos en la comunidad gay, poniendo en peligro a todos los habitantes de su universo. Incluido a su padre.
After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child.
Steve throws himself into San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene. He takes Alysia to raucous parties, pushes her in front of the microphone at poetry readings, and introduces her to a world of artists, thinkers, and writers. But the pair live like nomads, moving from apartment to apartment, with a revolving cast of roommates and little structure. As a child Alysia views her father as a loving playmate who can transform the ordinary into magic, but as she gets older Alysia wants more than anything to fit in. The world, she learns, is hostile to difference.
In Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she has befriended—fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create.
Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.