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, habit, fatherhood, ambition, and American culture

The Pardlos have been a regular, middle-class African American relations residing 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 upset, poisonous, looming presence within the household--and a strong rival for younger Greg. whereas colossal 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 school time and again, and yields to alcoholism. Years later, he falls for a gorgeous, no-nonsense lady named Ginger and turns into a dad or mum 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 provides us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of relatives, in addition to a scrupulous, searing exam of ways African American manhood is formed by means of modern American life.

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