Bettyville: A Memoir


Bettyville: A Memoir Author George Hodgman
ISBN-10 0143107887
ISBN-13 9780143107880
Year 2016-02-02
Pages 288
Language English
Publisher Penguin Books
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The idea of a cultured gay man leaving New York City to care for his aging mother in Paris Missouri is already funny and George Hodgman reaps that humor with great charm But then he plunges deep examining the warm yet fraught relationship between mother and son with profound insight and understanding Alison Bechdel author ofFun Home NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLERFINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD When George Hodgman leaves Manhattan for his hometown of Paris Missouri he finds himselfan unlikely caretaker and near lethal cookin a head on collision with his aging mother Betty a woman of wit and will Will George lure her into assisted living When hell freezes over He cant bring himself to force her from the home both treasurethe place where his fathers voice lingers the scene of shared jokes skirmishes and behind the dusty antiques a rarely acknowledged conflict Betty who speaks her mind but cannot quite reveal her heart has never really accepted the fact that her son is gay As these two unforgettable characters try to bring their different worlds together Hodgman reveals the challenges of Bettys life and his own struggle for self respect moving readers from their small towncrumbling but still colorfulto the star studded corridors of Vanity Fair Evocative ofThe End of Your Life Book Club andThe Tender Bar HodgmansNew York Times bestselling debut is both an indelible portrait of a family and an exquisitely told tale of a prodigal sons return A remarkable laugh out loud book Rarely has the subject ofelder careproduced such droll human comedy or a heroine quite on the mettlesome order of Betty Baker Hodgman For as much as the book works on several levels as a meditation on belonging as a story of growing up gay and the psychic cost of silence as metaphor for recovery it is the strong willed Betty who shines through The New York Times

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