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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 90-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.

Kate is the co-author of Ten Steps to Fashion Freedom (HarperCollins US) and Ellie Hart Goes to Work (Vermilion). She attended West Kentucky University before moving to Manhattan where she graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After living in New York and Los Angeles, she now makes London her home.

©2014 Kate Mayfield (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • naelene
  • wanganui, New Zealand
  • 02-02-16

the trueness of life

sometimes it felt like this book was the authors confessional. Her private demons and to spread light on a town that had done her family, her father wrong. It had at times such a sadness about the overall story .Some of the things that happened were funny and kept me enjoying the book.I liked her father because it showed that he treated the dead with such respect. Even with his flaws.😊

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-15

wonderful

I loved this story, it was atmospheric, evocative, well written. I looked forward to the next time I got a chance to listen.
The narrator was easy to listen to (not always the case) and I can't wait for Kate Mayfield's next book to arrive on Audible

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  • Simon
  • 03-08-15

An engaging listen - I really liked this

This story is still with me some time after finishing the audio book. It manages somehow to be very moving without ever being remotely mawkish. I liked the author's narration - highly recommend.

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  • Nevermore
  • 01-25-15

A memoir with suspense

Would you listen to The Undertaker's Daughter again? Why?

Possibly not but only because I got a lot from it first time.

What did you like best about this story?

Funeral homes in the deep south was something I knew nothing about. It was interesting and sensitive.

Have you listened to any of Kate Mayfield’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I liked it in hourly sessions.

Any additional comments?

This is not a dark or gory book. It is a wonderful listen and has some parts that do leave you on the edge of your seat with suspense. I was sorry when it came to an end.

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  • Brendamo
  • 12-28-14

good storytelling

Would you listen to The Undertaker's Daughter again? Why?

Maybe it was interesting and i often reread favourite books

What did you like best about this story?

It was a true story about the authors family and i like these sort of stories

What about Kate Mayfield’s performance did you like?

I liked the fact it was the author herself doing the narration it makes it more enjoyable for me anyway, to listen to

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some parts made me smile

Any additional comments?

It was a nice little book well narrated. Was glad I listened to it