Tony was taken in at the age of three by Mary Hynes and Janet Simons, after being separated from his mother, who suffered from schizophrenia. After that time, he was shuffled in and out of his grandmothers home before being placed in an orphanage, where he remained for one year. After a tumultuous court battle, he went home with the only two women brave enough to raise him. However, neither he nor his guardians could have imagined the trials awaiting their family after the proceedings ended.
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A very touching book. Written with great sensitivity, it goes over the author’s upbringing by two lesbian mothers in great detail and great sensitivity to all that was going on around him at the time. Even though it is only a couple of decades ago, we forget what novel ground this was in those days, family altercations. The tensions in the adopting family and the reactions of grandparents, neighbours, schools are shown in all their rawest forms, and the effect ( particularly on the author himself) is quite harrowing. The most telling passages are when stories are related of his experiences. In fact, this is the strength of the book. Many other times, the author gives us background information and his take on the attitudes in society around him, but actually, the more he sticks to what happened in and around his family and his own direct experiences, the more interesting it is. He would do well to remember for his future books, that writers do much better when they ‘show’ and not ‘tell’. Nonetheless, the book engenders great compassion for the plight of a black child coping in a white middle-class world (and with two same sex parents) and dealing with his own family who inhabit an under-privileged world. It also charts with interest how the stresses of this existence, coupled with the death of one of his two mothers, tip him into a long-term depression. A riveting read.