Trade Ed. Random House Audio 2018
DD ISBN 9780525588689 $17.50
Library Ed. Books on Tape 2018
DD ISBN 9780525588696 $66.50
Gregory Pardlo examines the considerable presence, and then eventual absence, of his father in this revealing memoir about family, life, and manhood. In narrating his own work, he makes the listening experience intimate, almost painfully so, as he weaves together the historical treatment of African-Americans in the U.S. with his family's experiences. Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood, as determined by the whims of his father's mercurial personality, Pardlo persists in peeling back the layers of disappointment with a calculated precision. His muted approach in retelling his father's battles with addiction and significant amounts of debt underscores this complicated legacy. Pardlo's warm timbre will linger in the listener's ear long after he has stopped speaking. M.R. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2018]
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