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Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home - A Memoir

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Pig Candy is the poignant and often comical story of a grown daughter getting to know her dying father in his last months. During a series of visits with her father to the South he'd escaped as a young black man, Lise Funderburg, the mixed-race author of the acclaimed Black, White, Other, comes to understand his rich and difficult background and the conflicting choices he has had to make throughout his life.

Lise Funderburg is a child of the '60s, a white-looking mixed-race girl raised in an integrated Philadelphia neighborhood. As a child, she couldn't imagine what had made her father so strict, demanding, and elusive; about his past she knew only that he had grown up in the Jim Crow South and fled its brutal oppression as a young man. Then, just as she hits her forties, her father is diagnosed with advanced and terminal cancer — an event that leads father and daughter together on a stream of pilgrimages to his hometown in rural Jasper County, Georgia. As her father's escort, proxy, and, finally, nurse, Funderburg encounters for the first time the fragrant landscape and fraught society — and the extraordinary food — of his childhood.

In succulent, evocative, and sometimes tart prose, the author brings to life a fading rural South of pecan groves, family-run farms, and pork-laden country cuisine. She chronicles small-town relationships that span generations, the dismantling of her own assumptions about when race does and doesn't matter, and the quiet segregation that persists to this day. As Funderburg discovers the place and people her father comes from, she also, finally, gets to know her magnetic, idiosyncratic father himself. Her account of their thorny but increasingly close relationship is full of warmth, humor, and disarming candor. In one of his last grand acts Funderburg's father recruits his children, neighbors, and friends to throw a pig roast — an unforgettable meal that caps an unforgettable portrait of a man enjoying his life and loved ones right up through his final days.

Pig Candy takes readers on a stunning journey that becomes a universal investigation of identity and a celebration of the human will, familial love, and, ultimately, life itself.

Review:

"Charming and often moving — will appeal to a broad range of readers, from fans of Wendell Berry to those of Toni Morrison." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Funderburg's elegant story packs an emotional punch, and while there are several heartbreaking turns, it may well be one of the most hopeful books you'll read this year." Patrik Henry Bass, Essence Magazine

Review:

"Pig Candy is a candid and moving memoir of a daughter's deep love for her father both when he is most difficult to love and impossible not to. Unforgettable and powerful, we are changed for the better by every page of it." Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I'm Dying

Review:

"With Pig Candy, Lise Funderburg has achieved something very remarkable in contemporary memoir: a personal narrative that is crisply intelligent rather than cleverly self-satisfied, deeply and meaningfully emotional rather than soppily sentimental. Even better, she has used her considerable powers — of private observation, of social empathy, and of historical imagination — to transform an already gripping personal narrative into an overwhelming parable about race, family, and mortality. A wonderful book." Daniel Mendelsohn, author of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million

Review:

"...a thoughtfully crafted, gut-wrenching memoir revolving around the author's complicated relationship with her terminally ill father..." Library Journal

Synopsis:

While traveling with her dying father, a woman comes to understand the brutal oppression he faced in the Jim Crow South--and the surprising love he still feels for its land and people.

Synopsis:

Pig Candy is the poignant and often comical story of a grown daughter getting to know her dying father in his last months. During a series of visits with her father to the South he'd escaped as a young black man, Lise Funderburg, the mixed-race author of the acclaimed Black, White, Other, comes to understand his rich and difficult background and the conflicting choices he has had to make throughout his life.

Lise Funderburg is a child of the '60s, a white-looking mixed-race girl raised in an integrated Philadelphia neighborhood. As a child, she couldn't imagine what had made her father so strict, demanding, and elusive; about his past she knew only that he had grown up in the Jim Crow South and fled its brutal oppression as a young man. Then, just as she hits her forties, her father is diagnosed with advanced and terminal cancer — an event that leads father and daughter together on a stream of pilgrimages to his hometown in rural Jasper County, Georgia. As her father's escort, proxy, and, finally, nurse, Funderburg encounters for the first time the fragrant landscape and fraught society — and the extraordinary food — of his childhood.

In succulent, evocative, and sometimes tart prose, the author brings to life a fading rural South of pecan groves, family-run farms, and pork-laden country cuisine. She chronicles small-town relationships that span generations, the dismantling of her own assumptions about when race does and doesn't matter, and the quiet segregation that persists to this day. As Funderburg discovers the place and people her father comes from, she also, finally, gets to know her magnetic, idiosyncratic father himself. Her account of their thorny but increasingly close relationship is full of warmth, humor, and disarming candor. In one of his last grand actsFunderburg's father recruits his children, neighbors, and friends to throw a pig roast — an unforgettable meal that caps an unforgettable portrait of a man enjoying his life and loved ones right up through his final days.

Pig Candy takes readers on a stunning journey that becomes a universal investigation of identity and a celebration of the human will, familial love, and, ultimately, life itself.

About the Author

Lise Funderburg is the author of Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, the first book to explore the lives of adult children of black-white unions. She has been a regular contributor since 2001 to O, the Oprah Magazine, wrote a book about the Tony-winning muscial The Color Purple, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Nation, Salon, and Newsday. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School and Reed College, Funderburg lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416547662
Subtitle:
Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home--A Memoir
Author:
Funderburg, Lise
Author:
Funderberg, Lise
Author:
Lise Funderb
Author:
erg
Publisher:
Free Press
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Funderburg, George Newton
Subject:
African Americans - Georgia - Jasper County
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Free Press Hard
Publication Date:
20080513
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 320 pages Free Press - English 9781416547662 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Charming and often moving — will appeal to a broad range of readers, from fans of Wendell Berry to those of Toni Morrison."
"Review" by , "Funderburg's elegant story packs an emotional punch, and while there are several heartbreaking turns, it may well be one of the most hopeful books you'll read this year."
"Review" by , "Pig Candy is a candid and moving memoir of a daughter's deep love for her father both when he is most difficult to love and impossible not to. Unforgettable and powerful, we are changed for the better by every page of it."
"Review" by , "With Pig Candy, Lise Funderburg has achieved something very remarkable in contemporary memoir: a personal narrative that is crisply intelligent rather than cleverly self-satisfied, deeply and meaningfully emotional rather than soppily sentimental. Even better, she has used her considerable powers — of private observation, of social empathy, and of historical imagination — to transform an already gripping personal narrative into an overwhelming parable about race, family, and mortality. A wonderful book."
"Review" by , "...a thoughtfully crafted, gut-wrenching memoir revolving around the author's complicated relationship with her terminally ill father..."
"Synopsis" by , While traveling with her dying father, a woman comes to understand the brutal oppression he faced in the Jim Crow South--and the surprising love he still feels for its land and people.
"Synopsis" by , Pig Candy is the poignant and often comical story of a grown daughter getting to know her dying father in his last months. During a series of visits with her father to the South he'd escaped as a young black man, Lise Funderburg, the mixed-race author of the acclaimed Black, White, Other, comes to understand his rich and difficult background and the conflicting choices he has had to make throughout his life.

Lise Funderburg is a child of the '60s, a white-looking mixed-race girl raised in an integrated Philadelphia neighborhood. As a child, she couldn't imagine what had made her father so strict, demanding, and elusive; about his past she knew only that he had grown up in the Jim Crow South and fled its brutal oppression as a young man. Then, just as she hits her forties, her father is diagnosed with advanced and terminal cancer — an event that leads father and daughter together on a stream of pilgrimages to his hometown in rural Jasper County, Georgia. As her father's escort, proxy, and, finally, nurse, Funderburg encounters for the first time the fragrant landscape and fraught society — and the extraordinary food — of his childhood.

In succulent, evocative, and sometimes tart prose, the author brings to life a fading rural South of pecan groves, family-run farms, and pork-laden country cuisine. She chronicles small-town relationships that span generations, the dismantling of her own assumptions about when race does and doesn't matter, and the quiet segregation that persists to this day. As Funderburg discovers the place and people her father comes from, she also, finally, gets to know her magnetic, idiosyncratic father himself. Her account of their thorny but increasingly close relationship is full of warmth, humor, and disarming candor. In one of his last grand actsFunderburg's father recruits his children, neighbors, and friends to throw a pig roast — an unforgettable meal that caps an unforgettable portrait of a man enjoying his life and loved ones right up through his final days.

Pig Candy takes readers on a stunning journey that becomes a universal investigation of identity and a celebration of the human will, familial love, and, ultimately, life itself.

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