Carrie Brownstein Shares Father's Coming Out Story in Memoir Excerpt
'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl' is out Oct. 27 via Penguin Press.
Carrie Brownstein’s forthcoming autobiography is shaping up to be a must-read. As we get ready to hear tales of her journey from Sleater-Kinney to Portlandia and back, we've been treated to a poignant excerpt, revealing what excellent storytelling we have in store.
The essay centers on Brownstein’s relationship with her father, particularly how he struggled to come to grips with his homosexuality before eventually coming out to his daughter in 1998.
Brownstein characterizes her father as a man of mystery -- a corporate lawyer who hid much of his true self behind a shy demeanor. He’d overcome cancer and separation from Carrie’s mother, and finally opened up to his daughter while she visited his Seattle home, hours prior to a Sleater-Kinney show in Olympia, Wash.
When my father came out to his mom, my grandmother said, “You waited for your father to die, why couldn’t you have waited for me to die?” I knew then that I never want to contribute to the corrosiveness of wanting someone to stay hidden. Despite all my initial conflicts about trying to reconcile the father I had as a child to the one I have now, I am thankful that he is happy, that he did not waste another second. Now there is someone to know.
The New Yorker has Brownstein’s complete essay, which it shared yesterday (Oct. 12), a day after National Coming Out Day.
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is out Oct. 27 via Penguin Press.