The Undertaker's Daughter

The Undertaker's Daughter

by Kate Mayfield

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 28/08/2014


'On the last day of 1959 my father, the Beau Brummel of morticians, piled us into his green and white Desoto in which we looked like a moving pack of Salem cigarettes. He drove away from Lanesboro, the city in which we all were born, and into a small town on the Kentucky and Tennessee border. It was only a ninety-minute drive, but it might as well have been to Alaska.

When our big boat of a car glided into Jubilee we circled the town square and headed towards the residential section of Main Street. My father pulled the car over and our five dark heads turned to face a huge, slightly run down house. My parents were total strangers to this tiny enclave, but it didn't matter because my father had finally realised his dream in this old house, which was to own his own funeral home.'

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Simon & Schuster UK
Kate Mayfield

Kate Mayfield is a novelist and memoirist. Her debut novel The Parentations is a work of speculative historical fiction. The Undertaker's Daughter is a memoir about her childhood in the American South.

Her father was an undertaker in a small segregated town where her family resided in his funeral home for over a decade. She is the co-author of two additional non-fiction books and has written for The Guardian and several online magazines.

After attending Western Kentucky University, Kate moved to New York where she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She now makes London her home.

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