This charming memoir tells the story of the author’s unique upbringing in San Francisco with her father. Alysia’s father is bisexual and loses his wife when Alysia is young. Against the urgings of family, he chooses to raise her himself at a time when single fathers were not common, no less gay single fathers. Her childhood is full of the colorful characters that go in and out of her father’s life, her father’s relentless search for a mother figure for his daughter, and many touching moments of normality amidst the chaos. Along the way, they forge a powerful father / daughter relationship that lasts them well into Alysia’s adulthood, when she returns to San Francisco to be with her father as he is dying of AIDS.