Bookmark in Spalding has chosen The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield at its book of the week.
The Undertaker’s Daughter is the vivid and stranger-than-fiction true story of Kate Mayfield and her family.
They arrive, on the last day of 1959, in a small town in southern Kentucky.
For over a decade the Mayfields live upstairs in the funeral home and see both the living and the dead enter their house.
In her fascinating memoir, which reads like a Harper Lee novel, Kate draws the reader into a world of Southern mystique and ghosts.
In opening a funeral home, Kate’s father and the rest of the family see the hidden side of the town exposed: family feuds, fetishes and victims of accidents, murder and suicide.
The family also witness the quiet ruin of Kate’s father, who hid his alcoholism and infidelity behind his charismatic exterior.
This is a book which will tug at your heart strings but also bring a smile to your face as Kate discovers how living in a house of death can ultimately prepare one for life.
See the 20 per cent off voucher in the Spalding Guardian of February 19 to buy the book at a discounted price.