Not My Father’s Son

A Memoir

by Alan Cumming

Product Details

  • Coming Soon:

    October 7, 2014
  • ISBN:

    9780062225061
  • Pages:

    304
  • This Edition:

    Hardcover

Book

In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed actor of stage and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

A beloved star of stage, television, and film—“one of the most fun people in show business” (Time magazine)—Alan Cumming is a successful artist whose diversity and fearlessness is unparalleled. His success masks a painful childhood growing up under the heavy rule of an emotionally and physically abusive father—a relationship that tormented him long into adulthood.

When television producers in the UK approached him to appear on a popular celebrity genealogy show in 2010, Alan enthusiastically agreed. He hoped the show would solve a family mystery involving his maternal grandfather, a celebrated WWII hero who disappeared in the Far East. But as the truth of his family ancestors revealed itself, Alan learned far more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as a film, television, and theater star. At times suspenseful, deeply moving, and wickedly funny, Not My Father’s Son will make readers laugh even as it breaks their hearts.

Author

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming is an award–winning actor, singer, writer, producer, and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway, and appears on the Emmy Award-winning television show The Good Wife. He won a Tony award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret, a role he is reprising in 2014. He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy Kids, Titus, X2: X-Men United, The Anniversary Party, Any Day Now, and Eyes Wide Shut.

Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director. He recently starred in an acclaimed one-man staging of Macbeth on Broadway, and appears on the Emmy Award-winning television show The Good Wife. He won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret, a role he is reprising in 2014.  He hosts PBS Masterpiece Mystery and has appeared in numerous films, including Spy KidsTitusX2: X-Men UnitedThe Anniversary PartyAny Day Now and Eyes Wide Shut.

Reviews

“Equal parts memoir, whodunnit, and manual for living, Not My Father’s Son is a beautifully written, honest look at the forces of blood and bone that make us what we are, and how we make ourselves. I was completely sucked in.” —Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and Ocean at the End of the Lane

Alan Cumming’s moving memoir Not My Father’s Son is a beautiful book-sad, funny, haunting, surprising, suspenseful, gut-wrenching, endearing. It will linger inside of you long after you turn the final page. —Harlan Coben, author of New York Times bestsellers Missing You and Six Years

BEA 2014

Alan Cumming will be at Book Expo America 2014 to promote Not My Father’s Son. The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, May 29th 2014

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Alan will be signing copies of the Advanced Reader’s Edition of Not My Father’s Son. This is a ticketed signing, please arrive early as tickets are first come, first served.
Location: Table #3

3:00 PM

HarperCollins will be giving away a limited quantity of AREs of Not My Father’s Son.
Location: Booth #2038

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

8:00 – 9:30 AM

Alan will be the Master of Ceremonies for the Adult Book & Author Breakfast. This exclusive event requires a ticket in addition to your BEA pass, and they sell out fast, so grab a seat before they’re gone. [Register Here]
Location: Special Events Hall