Beamish Boy

“Beamish Boy (I Am Not My Story): A Memoir of Recovery & Awakening,” by Albert Flynn DeSilver

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The story of an artist’s search for identity, Beamish Boy opens with that classic trinity of WASP dysfunction: old money, alcohol abuse, and remote parents. The author’s earliest memories conjure a grotesque modern fairy tale of growing up in a large, dark, and creepy Connecticut house, remodeled by a father with failed architectural aspirations into a sort of gothic castle.