Download e-book for kindle: Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America by Gregory Pardlo

By Gregory Pardlo

ISBN-10: 1524731765

ISBN-13: 9781524731762

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 an ordinary, 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 activity after partaking within the specialist 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 massive Greg succumbs to dependancy and exhausts the family's funds, 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 stunning, no-nonsense lady named Ginger and turns into a father or mother 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 offers us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of family members, in addition to a scrupulous, searing exam of ways African American manhood is formed by means of modern American life.

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