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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregory Pardlo Narrator: Gregory Pardlo Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 10, 2018 ISBN: 9780525588689
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, his first work of prose: a deeply felt memoir of a family's bonds; and a meditation on race, addiction, fatherhood, ambition, and American culture.

The Pardlos were an average, middle-class African American family living in a New Jersey Levittown: charismatic Gregory Sr., an air traffic controller, his wife, and their two sons, bookish Greg Jr. and musical-talent Robbie. But when he loses his job his participation in the Professional Air Traffic Controller's Strike of 1981, "Big Greg" becomes a disillusioned, toxic, looming presence in the household--and a powerful rival for young Greg. While Big Greg succumbs to addiction and exhausts the family's money, Greg Jr. rebels--he joins a boot camp for prospective Marines, follows a woman to Denmark, drops out of college again and again, and yields to alcoholism himself. When, years later, he falls for a beautiful, no-nonsense woman named Ginger and becomes a parent himself, he must finally grapple with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity. In chronicling his own circuitous path to recovery and adulthood--Gregory Pardlo gives us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family, as well as a scrupulous, searing examination of how African American manhood is shaped by contemporary American life. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author

Gregory Pardlo’s collection Digest won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Digest was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award, named a standout book by the Academy of American Poets, a New York Times best poetry book of the year, and a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and INDIEFAB Book of the Year. Gregory Pardlo’s other honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His first poetry collection, Totem, won the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize in 2007.