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The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield

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List Price: £11.65

 

Paperback: 368 Pages.

Published: 14 July 2015 by Gallery Books

Edition: Reprint

ISBN: 1476757291

EAN: 9781476757292

After Kate Mayfield was born, she was taken directly to a funeral home. Her father was an undertaker, and for thirteen years the family resided in a place nearly synonymous with death, where the living and the dead entered their house like a vapor. In a memoir that reads like a Harper Lee novel, Mayfield draws the reader into a world of haunting Southern mystique.

In the turbulent 1960s, Kate's father set up shop in sleepy Jubilee, Kentucky, a segregated, god-fearing community where no one kept secrets--except the ones they were buried with. By opening a funeral home, Frank Mayfield also opened the door to family feuds, fetishes, murder, suicide, and all manner of accidents. Kate saw it all--she also witnessed the quiet ruin of her father, who hid alcoholism and infidelity behind a cool and charismatic facade. As Kate grows from trusting child to rebellious teen, the enforced sobriety of the funeral home begins to chafe, and she longs for the day she can escape the confines of Jubilee and her place as the undertaker's daughter.

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