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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 regular, middle-class African American kin 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 partaking within the expert Air site visitors Controllers Strike of 1981, he turns into a dissatisfied, poisonous, looming presence within the household--and a robust rival for younger Greg. whereas titanic Greg succumbs to dependancy and exhausts the family's cash, Greg Jr. rebels--he joins a boot camp for potential Marines, follows a girl to Denmark, drops out of faculty many times, and yields to alcoholism. Years later, he falls for a gorgeous, no-nonsense lady named Ginger and turns into a guardian himself. Then, he eventually 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 supplies us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of kin, in addition to a scrupulous, searing exam of the way African American manhood is formed through modern American life.

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