Air Traffic

Air Traffic

A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America

Book - 2018
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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 "Big Greg" loses his job after participating in the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike of 1981, he 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. Years later, he falls for a beautiful, no-nonsense woman named Ginger and becomes a parent himself. Then, he finally grapples with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. In chronicling his 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524731762
9780525432210
Characteristics: x, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Call Number: B PARDLO, G

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Genre: memoir. Excerpt from BookPage's April 2018 review: "How are families shaped by race, economics, genetics, love, jealousy, and rifts? These are the questions Gregory Pardlo ponders... Pardlo seems to be defying the odds, turning his pain into mesmerizing poetry and prose" (Alice C... Read More »


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