The Undertaker's Daughter

The Undertaker's Daughter

Kate Mayfield


The Undertaker’s Daughter is a perfectly quirky, gem of a booklet fantastically written by means of Kate Mayfield.…Her compelling, advanced relations and solid of characters stick with you lengthy once you shut the publication” (Monica Holloway, writer of Cowboy & Wills and Driving With useless People).

How does one dwell in a home of the useless? Kate Mayfield explores what it intended to be the daughter of a small-town undertaker during this attention-grabbing memoir evocative of Six ft lower than and The Help, with a touch of Mary Roach’s Stiff.

After Kate Mayfield was once born, she was once taken on to a funeral domestic. Her father used to be an undertaker, and for 13 years the relations resided in a spot approximately synonymous with dying, the place the dwelling and the useless entered their condo like a vapor. In a memoir that reads like a Harper Lee novel, Mayfield attracts the reader right into a global of haunting Southern mystique.

In the turbulent Sixties, Kate’s father organize store in sleepy Jubilee, Kentucky, a segregated, god-fearing group the place not anyone stored secrets—except those they have been buried with. through establishing a funeral domestic, Frank Mayfield additionally opened the door to kinfolk feuds, fetishes, homicide, suicide, and all demeanour of injuries. Kate observed it all—she additionally witnessed the quiet smash of her father, who concealed alcoholism and infidelity in the back of a funky and charismatic façade. As Kate grows from trusting baby to rebellious teenager, the enforced sobriety of the funeral domestic starts off to chafe, and he or she longs for the day she will get away the confines of Jubilee and her position because the undertaker’s daughter.

“Mayfield models a poignant send-off to Jubilee during this thoughtfully rendered paintings” (Publishers Weekly).

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