Book Review: The Undertaker’s Daughter by Kate Mayfield

I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Undertaker’s Daughter: A Memoir by Kate Mayfield

Expected Publication Date: January 13, 2015 by Gallery Books

This memoir was written by a woman who grew up as the daughter of an undertaker in Kentucky when segregation was still a part of life.  The book begins when she is in kindergarten and opens with a very interesting view into the life of her family who lived above her father’s business.  (I am horrible at writing summaries about books so if you want to know more, click on the link above to read the summary on Goodreads)

I really enjoyed reading this.  It was very interesting to read about what life was like growing up as the undertaker’s daughter.  At first I couldn’t help but compare it to the movie My Girl but then as the book went on and the author grew rebellious I was reminded more and more of the HBO show Six Feet Under.  It seemed a little inevitable that she became rebellious considering the way her mother was – extremely uptight and very southern-small-town-housewife.  It must have been very difficult to live above a funeral home and have to be virtually invisible anytime there was a funeral or wake in the place.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Six Feet Under or somewhat unusual life memoirs.

Four out of five stars.


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