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Air traffic

by Gregory Pardlo | 04 April 2018
Category: Literary Biography
Synopsis
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.
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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.
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ISBN - 9781524731762
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Published - 04/04/2018
Categories - All, Books, Biography & True Crime, Biography, General Biography, All, Books, Biography & True Crime, Biography, Literary Biography
No. of Pages - 272
Weight - 454
Edition - First edition
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 22
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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