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Father 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 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.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781594633737
Characteristics: 333 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 28, 2017

Lockwood's memoir rants, raves, and catches the reader with laugh-out loud moments. She exposes the eccentricities of the Catholic priesthood and her father's out of the ordinary character. Sometimes funny, sometimes creepy, and at times quite sad I was jostled around as the author recounts her many years living with a large family whose mother was a fearful, submissive and whose father was a guitar, gun loving, ex-minister-turned Catholic priest.

Dec 02, 2017

On NYT Ten Best Books of 2017 list.

Oct 11, 2017

From the first pages, this is the most unusual tone and use of language that I've experienced for a long time. I heard about this book from the New York Times Review of Books podcast and they couldn't talk it up enough. The author is a poet and it makes the words and sentences seem like little poems, but the total is so much greater than that.

As someone who was once married to a cult leader-type strong male authority-type con artist-type figure, the Priestdaddy part of this was something I've seen and experienced. So it was creepy and informative and eye-opening and cringe-worthy to hear a daughter's take on having a father like that. So strong in his own mind, so weird yet so confident and so almost narcissistic.

The mom is the one I just loved. And the author, and the author's husband. They're just infinitely interesting and adorable and so happy to have had the opportunity to experience her life through her writing, which is spectacular.

Aug 17, 2017

Patricia Lockwood's memoir about her life up to now as a Catholic priest's daughter is extremely funny, very clever and terribly well written. If you love language, you'll love this book.

Jul 25, 2017

An excellent memoir in an original voice. One of the best I've read in a long time.

OatmealThunder Jul 13, 2017

Wry, witty, and observant; Lockwood has a way of writing and seeing things that sticks with you. A little longer than it needed to be, but absolutely worth the read - especially if you're someone who grew up in a religious home, or if you have strong feelings about organized religion.

Cynthia_N Jul 07, 2017

The title is super creepy but the book is not! Lockwood's father has special dispensation from the Catholic church because he was married before he entered the priesthood. The book does not feel religious it just feels like the story of a family (and oh yeah, the father is a priest). Funny and heart warming!

Jun 30, 2017

Patricia Lockwood's writing is witty, hilarious and entertaining. Even if you have not experienced Catholicism, you will discover her family experiences to be cleverly woven with religion. I read this in two days because I couldn't wait for the next chapter. She speaks my language! Great book.

May 24, 2017

I loved the book and read it within a couple of evenings.

Ms Lockwood has a very unconventional father who became a Catholic priest late in life after transitioning from another religion. He is a hilarious character that plays guitars as if he were a rock star and likes to lounge around in his shorts. His witty comments made me laugh out loud.

It's raunchy at times but also touching as the adult daughter (and her husband) move back home to share the rectory with her parents while also sharing their "church life".


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