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Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood

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ISBN: 9781594633737
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Published: Riverhead Books - May 2nd, 2017

I didn't get far in Priestdaddy before realizing I needed to take a vow of sorts: I could not allow myself to read it in public, to spare strangers my wild guffaws, or even at home around loved ones, to keep myself from reading passage after passage to them. Every sentence shines with a poet's attention to detail, and although Lockwood's poems are surreal (see my review for Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals), her memoir may be even stranger — after an unforeseen medical expense leaves Lockwood and her husband broke, they must move back in with her parents, a carnivorous Catholic priest obsessed with guns and guitars and a mother who speaks almost exclusively in prognostications of mortal peril. More than just a funny book about an eccentric family, Priestdadddy is also meditation on the modern church: its scandals, its politics, and its peculiarities. It is, quite simply, fantastic, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.