Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home: A Memoir
Humorous, candid, and moving
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By Lise Funderburg
(Reviewed by Alice Siempelkamp)
Lise Funderburg’s Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home: A Memoir is a heartbreakingly humorous and loving memoir of her father’s journey from his home in Monticello, Georgia, to the North, and then 50 years later, home again.
Funderburg’s writing is candid and moving, but never sentimental. Against the highly charged backdrops of race, mortality, the knottiness of parent-child relationships, and barbecue, Funderburg never preaches or lectures. Instead, Pig Candy is crisply intelligent, defining a daughter’s love for her father and family and complicated inheritance purely and simply.
Published May 6, 2009
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