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Oh the Glory of It All

Sean Wilsey

"In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.Sean's blond-bombshell mother (one of the thinly veiled characters in Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City) is a 1980s society-page staple, regularly entertaining Black Panthers and movie stars in her marble and glass penthouse, "eight hundred feet in the air above San Francisco; an apartment at the top of a building at the top of a hill: full of light, full of voices, full of windows full of water and bridges and hills." His enigmatic father uses a jet helicopter to drop Sean off at the video arcade and lectures his son on proper hygiene in public restrooms, "You should wash your hands first, before you use the urinal. Not after. Your penis isn't dirty. But your hands are." When Sean, "the kind of child who sings songs to sick flowers," turns nine years old, his father divorces his mother and marries her best friend. Sean's life blows apart. His mother first invites him to commit suicide with her, then has a "vision" of salvation that requires packing her Louis Vuitton luggage and traveling the globe, a retinue of multiracial children in tow. Her goal: peace on earth (and a Nobel Prize). Sean meets Indira Gandhi, Helmut Kohl, Menachem Begin, and the pope, hoping each one might come back to San Francisco and persuade his father to rejoin the family. Instead, Sean is pushed out of San Francisco and sent spiraling through five high schools, till he finally lands at an unorthodox reform school cum "therapeutic community," in Italy. With its multiplicity of settings and kaleidoscopic mix of preoccupations-sex, Russia, jet helicopters, seismic upheaval, boarding schools, Middle Earth, skinheads, home improvement, suicide, skateboarding, Sovietology, public transportation, massage, Christian fundamentalism, dogs, Texas, global thermonuclear war, truth, evil, mas

"In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.Sean's blond-bombshell mother (one of the thinly veiled characters in Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City) is a 1980s society-page staple, regularly entertaining Black Panthers and movie stars in her marble and glass penthouse, "eight hundred feet in the air above San Francisco; an apartment at the top of a building at the top of a hill: full of light, full of voices, full of windows full of water and bridges and hills." His enigmatic father uses a jet helicopter to drop Sean off at the video arcade and lectures his son on proper hygiene in public restrooms, "You should wash your hands first, before you use the urinal. Not after. Your penis isn't dirty. But your hands are." When Sean, "the kind of child who sings songs to sick flowers," turns nine years old, his father divorces his mother and marries her best friend. Sean's life blows apart. His mother first invites him to commit suicide with her, then has a "vision" of salvation that requires packing her Louis Vuitton luggage and traveling the globe, a retinue of multiracial children in tow. Her goal: peace on earth (and a Nobel Prize). Sean meets Indira Gandhi, Helmut Kohl, Menachem Begin, and the pope, hoping each one might come back to San Francisco and persuade his father to rejoin the family. Instead, Sean is pushed out of San Francisco and sent spiraling through five high schools, till he finally lands at an unorthodox reform school cum "therapeutic community," in Italy. With its multiplicity of settings and kaleidoscopic mix of preoccupations-sex, Russia, jet helicopters, seismic upheaval, boarding schools, Middle Earth, skinheads, home improvement, suicide, skateboarding, Sovietology, public transportation, massage, Christian fundamentalism, dogs, Texas, global thermonuclear war, truth, evil, mas
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"In the beginning we were happy. And we were always excessive. So in the beginning we were happy to excess." With these opening lines Sean Wilsey takes us on an exhilarating tour of life in the strangest, wealthiest, and most grandiose of families.Sean's blond-bombshell mother (one of the thinly veiled characters in Armistead Maupin's bestselling Tales of the City) is a 1980s society-page staple, regularly entertaining Black Panthers and movie stars in her marble and glass penthouse, "eight hundred feet in the air above San Francisco; an apartment at the top of a building at the top of a hill: full of light, full of voices, full of windows full of water and bridges and hills." His enigmatic father uses a jet helicopter to drop Sean off at the video arcade and lectures his son on proper hygiene in public restrooms, "You should wash your hands first, before you use the urinal. Not after. Your penis isn't dirty. But your hands are." When Sean, "the kind of child who sings songs to sick flowers," turns nine years old, his father divorces his mother and marries her best friend. Sean's life blows apart. His mother first invites him to commit suicide with her, then has a "vision" of salvation that requires packing her Louis Vuitton luggage and traveling the globe, a retinue of multiracial children in tow. Her goal: peace on earth (and a Nobel Prize). Sean meets Indira Gandhi, Helmut Kohl, Menachem Begin, and the pope, hoping each one might come back to San Francisco and persuade his father to rejoin the family. Instead, Sean is pushed out of San Francisco and sent spiraling through five high schools, till he finally lands at an unorthodox reform school cum "therapeutic community," in Italy. With its multiplicity of settings and kaleidoscopic mix of preoccupations-sex, Russia, jet helicopters, seismic upheaval, boarding schools, Middle Earth, skinheads, home improvement, suicide, skateboarding, Sovietology, public transportation, massage, Christian fundamentalism, dogs, Texas, global thermonuclear war, truth, evil, mas

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

21h 29m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:20


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:22


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:33


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:44


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:26


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:53


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:55


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:50


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:15


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:34


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:48


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:14


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:29


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:15


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:53


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:53


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:51


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:14


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:50


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:17


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:54


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:52


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:21


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:41


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:24


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:20


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:35


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:05


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:22


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:13


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:05


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:20


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:50


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:33


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:00


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:56


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:08


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:03


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:53


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:33


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:41


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:06


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:23


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:36


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:23


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:32


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

05:25


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:27


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:30


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:11


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:33


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:11


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:37


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:03


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:59


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:53


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:07


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:15


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:39


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:49


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:54


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:41


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

06:06


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:38


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

06:54


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:35


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:17


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:14


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:02


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:36


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

05:31


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:43


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:32


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:33


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

07:14


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:00


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:31


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:39


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

06:05


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

06:58


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:17


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:20


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

05:51


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:05


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:47


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:11


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

05:54


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

06:41


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:24


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

06:15


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:25


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:56


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:19


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:53


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:38


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

05:59


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

05:57


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:26


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:27


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:28


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

06:05


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:45


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

06:16


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

05:35


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:05


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:52


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:38


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:24


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

06:25


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

06:17


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

06:23


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:41


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

05:34


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:58


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:19


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

06:27


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:22


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:00


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:47


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

06:55


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

06:55


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:59


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:36


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:05


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:01


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

05:48


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:36


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

05:49


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

05:06


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

06:39


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

06:33


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

06:12


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:21


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

05:58


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

06:48


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

06:16


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

06:12


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

06:25


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

06:34


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

03:36


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:50


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

06:32


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

06:04


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

06:20


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

06:08


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:29


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:32


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

07:01


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

06:07

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