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In his unique and engaging voice, the acclaimed out gay 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.
Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming.
Alec was the dark enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to Asia after WWII. The last time Alan's mother saw her father she was eight years old. When she was thirteen, the family was informed that he had died in an accidental shooting.
Curious to explore this second mystery, Alan committed to filming an episode of the BBC's ''Who Do You Think You Are?''. Then out of the blue, his father, who Alan and his brother had not seen or spoken to for more than a decade, called. He had a secret he had to share, one that would shock his son to his very core and set in motion a journey that would change Alan's life forever.
At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always brave and honest, ''Not My Father's Son'' is a powerful story about embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.
Alan Cumming is an award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director. He first came to attention with his Tony Award winning portrayal of the Emcee in the Broadway musical Cabaret, and has appeared in numerous films, including the moving gay film Any Day Now. He also stars in the Emmy Award-winning television show The Good Wife and has written a gay novel, Tommy's Tale.
Paperback, 304 Pages, Published May 2015
Author: Alan Cumming