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By Gregory Pardlo

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, his first paintings of prose: a deeply felt memoir of a family's bonds and a meditation on race, dependancy, fatherhood, ambition, and American culture

The Pardlos have been a typical, middle-class African American family members dwelling in a brand new Jersey Levittown: charismatic Gregory Sr., an air site visitors controller, his spouse, and their sons, bookish Greg Jr. and musical-talent Robbie. but if "Big Greg" loses his task after engaging within the expert Air site visitors Controllers Strike of 1981, he turns into a disenchanted, poisonous, looming presence within the household--and a strong rival for younger Greg. whereas enormous Greg succumbs to dependancy and exhausts the family's cash, Greg Jr. rebels--he joins a boot camp for potential Marines, follows a lady to Denmark, drops out of faculty repeatedly, and yields to alcoholism. Years later, he falls for a stunning, no-nonsense girl named Ginger and turns into a mother or father himself. Then, he ultimately grapples with the impossible to resist but ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. In chronicling his route to restoration and adulthood--Gregory Pardlo provides us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family members, in addition to a scrupulous, searing exam of the way African American manhood is formed by means of modern American life.

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