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Hiding Out: A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives | Tina Alexis Allen
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“A writer candidly confronts her personal truth in her quest for transformation, transcendence, and redemption.” –Kirkus Review Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen’s audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father—a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies. The youngest of thirteen children in a devout Catholic family, Tina Alexis Allen grew up in 1980s suburban Maryland in a house ruled by her stern father, Sir John, an imposing, British-born authoritarian who had been knighted by the Pope. Sir John supported his large family running a successful travel agency that specialized in religious tours to the Holy Land and the Vatican for pious Catholics. But his daughter, Tina, was no sweet and innocent Catholic girl. A smart-mouthed high school basketball prodigy, she harbored a painful secret: she liked girls. When Tina was eighteen her father discovered the truth about her sexuality. Instead of dragging her to the family priest and lecturing her with tearful sermons about sin and damnation, her father shocked her with his honest response. He, too, was gay. The secret they shared about their sexuality brought father and daughter closer, and the two became trusted confidants and partners in a relationship that eventually spiraled out of control. Tina and Sir John spent nights dancing in gay clubs together, experimenting with drugs, and casual sex—all while keeping the rest of their family in the dark. Outside of their wild clandestine escapades, Sir John made Tina his heir apparent at the travel agency. Drawn deeper into the business, Tina soon became suspicious of her father’s frequent business trips, his multiple passports and cache of documents, and the briefcases full of cash that mysteriously appeared and quickly vanished. Digging deeper, she uncovered a disturbing facet beyond the stunning double-life of the father she thought she knew. A riveting and cinematic true tale stranger and twistier than fiction, Hiding Out is an astonishing story of self-discovery, family, secrets, and the power of the truth to set us free.
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Tina Alexis Allen was in college when her Catholic father realized she was gay. The youngest of 13, she expected her dad to be the last person to be ok with her sexuality. She was shocked at his welcoming reaction, and blown away to discover he was gay too. Thus began a whirlwind of dancing, alcohol, and one night stands that littered their relationship. #easylover #anglophileapril

AlaMich Holy cow! That is one banana pants story! 3mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s actually even more wild than I could write in 451 characters. 🤣 The dad was knighted and preferred to be called Sir John. He had a lot of connections in the Vatican and owned a travel agency called Holy Pilgrimage. He was constantly throwing out money and liked to show off his wealth (which is shocking in and of itself—how can you have so much money with 13 kids to feed.) 😂 @AlaMich 3mo
AlaMich @Reviewsbylola That would definitely send up some red flags right there! 3mo
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emilyhaldi What?! Jealous!!! 😆😆 3mo
LeahBergen Wow!! 😮 3mo
Cinfhen I‘m loving this post and thread!!!! Real life is wayyyyy kookier than fiction 😜 3mo
Kalalalatja My eyebrows were all the way up in my hair reading this 😯😯 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Holy shit! This sounds 🍌👖. #stacked 3mo
Mdargusch Wait ... they were having affairs with each other? 3mo
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I feel like I've been living #UnderARock for the challenges this month. I look at the prompts every day but keep drawing a blank. Sorry @Billypar and @Cinfhen , @vkois88 and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and all the other challenge setters - it's not you, it's me. #NoFemmeber

vkois88 It's totally fine! I co-host and I have barely posted in the last couple of months. Things happen, life gets in the way, or sometimes you just don't have anything to say. There is no pressure at all to post everyday, which is wonderful. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No worries!!!!! 7mo
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Cinfhen Echoing @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks BUT I‘m missing you 😢😢so glad to know you‘re ok and happy you popped by this morning 😘 7mo
Cathythoughts Great rock pic 👍🏻❤️ 7mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen My daughter just got back from 5 months overseas and I've had a few other (good) real life things happening over the last week or so. Thanks for thinking of me 😘 7mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Thank you, I stole it from Google. I couldn't even think of an appropriate book for a picture😁 7mo
Cinfhen How wonderful!!! I totally understand family time ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Billypar No worries at all- this is actually going to be the first time I've completed a challenge and posted each day (hope that wasn't a co-hosting pre-req @Cinfhen 😳). I'm usually have more of a 'every few days' post frequency. Congrats on the good real life things! 7mo
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