Priestdaddy

  • by Patricia Lockwood
  • Narrated by Patricia Lockwood
  • 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Patricia Lockwood - a writer acclaimed for her wildly original voice - a vivid, heartbreakingly funny memoir about having a married Catholic priest for a father.
Father Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met - a man who lounges in boxer shorts, who 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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What the Critics Say

"Patricia Lockwood's side-splitting Priestdaddy puts the poetry back in memoir. Her verbal verve creates a reading experience of effervescent joy, even as Lockwood takes you through some of her life's darker passages. Destined to be a classic, Priestdaddy is this year's must-read memoir." (Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club)
"Beautiful, funny and poignant. I wish I'd written this book." (Jenny Lawson, author of Furiously Happy)
"Priestdaddy is a revelatory debut, a meditation on family and art that finds poetry in the unlikeliest things, including poetry. Patricia Lockwood's prose is nothing short of ecstatic; every sentence hums with vibrant, anarchic delight, and her portrait of her epically eccentric family life is funny, warm, and stuffed to bursting with emotional insight. If I could write like this, I would." (Joss Whedon)

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Most Helpful

Loquacious but enjoyable story about family

There's a strong voice in the author's writing with flashes of poetic beauty, and authenticity. But it's stuffed to the gills with similes and adjectives, and would have benefited from some paring back at times. She writes best when trying to articulate her father, and the culture of the church. But there's much meandering into self examination and lofty air filled descriptions of not much. Definitely worthwhile hearing the author read her words however as her voice gives the tale a lot of richness. Award for best voice when quoting her father!
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- Ruth C Fogarty

Funny, poignant, and beautifully read

What made the experience of listening to Priestdaddy the most enjoyable?

The fact that the author narrated it.


What did you like best about this story?

The unaffected presentation


Which scene did you most enjoy?

Difficult to chose. So many great scenes


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending where the author feels cut adrift from her father


Any additional comments?

I loved her poetic style and the way she made her family funny without making fun of them.

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- ELIZABETH

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios