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Publisher's Summary

Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York in the eighties, iO Tillett Wright came of age at the intersection of punk, poverty, heroin, and art. This was a world of self-invented characters, glamorous superstars, and strung-out sufferers, ground zero of drag and performance art. Still, no personality was more vibrant and formidable than iO's mother's. Rhonna, a showgirl and young widow, was a mercurial, erratic glamazon. She was iO's fiercest defender and only authority in a world with few boundaries and even fewer indicators of normal life. At the center of Darling Days is the remarkable relationship between a fiery kid and a domineering ma– a bond defined by freedom and control, excess and sacrifice; by heartbreaking deprivation, agonizing rupture, and, ultimately, forgiveness.
Darling Days is also a provocative examination of culture and identity, of the instincts that shape us and the norms that deform us, and of the courage and resilience it takes to listen closely to your deepest self. When a group of boys refuse to let six-year-old, female-born iO play ball, iO instantly adopts a new persona, becoming a boy named Ricky - a choice iO's parents support and celebrate. It is the start of a profound exploration of gender and identity through the tenderest years, and the beginning of a life invented and reinvented at every step. Alternating between the harrowing and the hilarious, Darling Days is the candid, tough, and stirring memoir of a young person in search of an authentic self as family and home life devolve into chaos.
©2016 iO Tillett Wright (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Paula Carrasquillo on 06-23-18

Hard to follow the timeline but IO is great

I love her voices. it's always interesting to take a peek into someone else's life but because she lied about a few things in life sometimes it's hard to verify what is the truth and what is her imagination it's a good book if you know who I owe is and are familiar with her work and her speeches if you get the chance to see her live don't miss it. I am excited if she writes another book about what she does now and her project of bringing more awareness and understanding for the lgbtq community.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason Adam Richards on 02-22-17

Literary bravery at it's best

First of all, thank you iO for telling your story in such a raw, deep and meaningful way.
I was touched not only by her story, but also by the courage she displayed in telling it all. The good. The bad. The confusing. The empowering.
Whether one can relate to the specificities in her story or not, it's importance lies in it's ability to poetically find a commonality in our hearts through our fears, dreams, determination and desire to love and be loved. To know and be known.

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