By Mark Doty
In Firebird, Mark Doty tells the tale of a ten-year-old in a most sensible hat, cane, and pink chiffon shawl, interrupted whereas belting out Judy Garland's "Get satisfied" by means of his alarmed mom on the bed room door, exclaiming, "Son, you are a boy!"
Firebird provides us with a heroic little boy who has relatively adequate concerns with no getting to know that his dawning sexuality is the inaccurate One. A self-confessed "chubby clever bookish sissy with glasses and a Southern accent," Doty grew up at the flow, the relatives following his father's engineering paintings throughout America-from Tennessee to Arizona, Florida to California. A lyrical, heartbreaking comedy of 1 family's dissolution during the corrosive powers of alcohol, sorrow, and thwarted hope, Firebird is additionally a wry evocation of childhood's pleasures and terrors, a comic book journey of yankee suburban existence, and a testomony to the transformative energy of art.