The Bottom Line
Lise's story reminds us that there is yet much to do as one nears the end of life. It's never too late to build or mend a relationship with someone we love.
- Detailed imagery invokes the beauty of rural Georgia.
- Disarmingly honest and personal.
- Touching account of bringing a loving relationship full circle.
- If your looking for a book who's sole focus is on death and dying, this isn't for you.
- Author: Lise Funderburg
- Publisher: Free Press
- Year Published: 2008
- ISBN-13: 978-1-41654767-9
Guide Review - Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home
Pig Candy takes my love of biographical storytelling and turns it into a compelling memoir of Jim Crow south, racial segregation, family, and love.
Lise Funderburg, a mixed race child, grew up knowing little about her strict black father. Having divorced her mother when Lise was a toddler, he remained a strict and elusive figure throughout most of her life. When her father is diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer later in life, Lise and her father begin a series of joint travels that take them from chemotherapy treatments in Pennsylvania to the farm her father had purchased in rural Georgia, where he grew up.
Through a series of pilgrimages to the farm, Lise learns of her father's childhood in the segregated south. She embarks on a journey of discovering her father and begins to understand the man she has loved and feared her entire life.