A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives
Dey Street Books
On Sale: February 20, 2018
Hardcover / e-Book
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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
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,
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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