Cover of: A house with no roof | Rebecca E. Wilson

A house with no roof

after my father's assassination : a memoir

Published by Counterpoint in Berkeley .
Written in English.

About the Book

A memoir of longing and coming to terms with irreplaceable loss—and the unexpected ways we survive.

In 1966, Rebecca Wilson’s father, a Union Leader and civil rights activist, was assassinated on the street in San Francisco.Rebecca—known throughout as “Becky”—was three years old. A House with No Roof is Wilson’s gripping memoir of how the murder of her father propelled her family into a life-long search for solace and understanding.

Following her father’s death, Becky’s mother, Barbara, desperate for closure and peace, uproots the family and moves to Bolinas, California. In this small, coastal town of hippies, artists, and “burnouts,” the family continues to unravel. To cope, Barbara turns to art and hangs a banner that loudly declares, “Wilsons are Bold.” But she still succumbs to her grief, neglecting her children in her wake. Becky’s brother turns to drugs while her beautiful sister chooses a life on the road and becomes pregnant. As Becky fumbles and hurtles toward adulthood herself, she comes to learn the full truth of her father’s death—a truth that threatens to steal her sanity and break her spirit. Told with humor and candor—and with love and family devotion at its heart—A House with No Roof is a brave account of one daughter’s struggle to survive.

From Counterpoint Press Catalog Fall 2011

About the Edition

"In 1966, Rebecca Wilson's father, a Union Leader and civil rights activist, was assassinated on the street in San Francisco. Rebecca--known throughout as "Becky"--was three years old. A House with No Roof is Wilson's gripping memoir of how the murder of her father propelled her family into a life-long search for solace and understanding. Following her father's death, Becky's mother, Barbara, desperate for closure and peace, uproots the family and moves to Bolinas, California. In this small, coastal town of hippies, artists, and "burnouts," the family continues to unravel. To cope, Barbara turns to art and hangs a banner that loudly declares, "Wilsons are Bold." But she still succumbs to her grief, neglecting her children in her wake. Becky's brother turns to drugs while her beautiful sister chooses a life on the road and becomes pregnant. As Becky fumbles and hurtles toward adulthood herself, she comes to learn the full truth of her father's death--a truth that threatens to steal her sanity and break her spirit. Told with humor and candor--and with love and family devotion at its heart--A House with No Roof is a brave account of one daughter's struggle to survive. "--

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
362.88, B
Library of Congress
HV6533.C2 W55 2011

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25220226M
Internet Archive
housewithnoroofa00wils
ISBN 13
9781582437545
LC Control Number
2011012433
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