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Penguin Random House Canada Limited

A Memoir
By (author): Patricia Lockwood
9780399573262 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs May 01, 2018
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.2 x 0.9 in 352 pages Riverhead Riverhead Books
A “vivid, unrelentingly funny” (The New Yorker) memoir about balancing identity with family and tradition

Greg Lockwood is unlike any Catholic priest you have ever met—a man who lounges in boxer shorts, 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 abortion clinic sit-in where her father was arrested to her involvement in a cult-like 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.

In her beautifully written prose debut, Lockwood effortlessly 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.

Story Locale: Kansas City, MO

Publication History: Riverhead HC (2017)

PHENOMENAL CRITICAL RECEPTION: Priestdaddy was published to a cascade (over 50 in total) of fabulous reviews; Rolling Stone, Vice and Playboy ran profiles of Lockwood

BOOKSELLER ENTHUSIASM: Priestdaddy was both an Indie Next Pick and an Amazon Best Book of the Month

HUGE SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE: Lockwood has been called “the poet laureate of Twitter”; she tweets as @TriciaLockwood and her steady stream of surreal, sexually explicit humor has won her a following of 66K readers.

WIDE APPEAL: Priestdaddy will be of interest to admirers of dysfunctional family memoirs, such as Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, to fans of fractured poetic memoirs like Mary’s Karr’s The Liars’ Club, and to readers who liked memoirs recounting strict religious childhoods, like Foreskin’s Lament by Shalom Auslander and Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen.

Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a New York Times Notable Book. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate, and The London Review of Books. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Author Residence: Lawrence, Kansas

Author Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Publicity: National print and online reviews and features

Author Social Media: Twitter: @TriciaLockwood

Praise for Priestdaddy:

“Consistently alive with feeling…Lockwood’s prose is cute and dirty and innocent and experienced, Betty Boop in a pas de deux with David Sedaris.”

—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

“Wildly entertaining…[Lockwood’s] humor and poetic descriptions are both impressively prolific, every sentence somehow funnier than the one you just read.”

New York Magazine’s The Cut

“[A] vivid, unrelentingly funny memoir…[Lockwood’s] stories…are both savage and tender, shot through with surprises and revelations.”—New Yorker


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