By Gregory Pardlo
The Pardlos have been a regular, middle-class African American relatives dwelling 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 engaging within the expert 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 large 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 faculty many times, and yields to alcoholism. Years later, he falls for a gorgeous, no-nonsense girl 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 supplies us a compassionate, loving ode to his father, to fatherhood, and to the frustrating-yet-redemptive ties of kinfolk, in addition to a scrupulous, searing exam of the way African American manhood is formed via modern American life.
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Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America by Gregory Pardlo