The Removers: A Memoir

The Removers: A Memoir

by Andrew Meredith
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The Removers: A Memoir by Andrew Meredith

“A darkly funny memoir about family reckonings” (O, The Oprah Magazine)—the story of a young man who, by handling the dead, makes peace with the living.

Andrew Meredith’s father, a literature professor at La Salle University, was fired after unspecified allegations of sexual misconduct. It’s a transgression that resulted in such long-lasting familial despair that Andrew cannot forgive him. In the wake of the scandal, he frantically treads water, stuck in a kind of suspended adolescence—falling in and out of school, moving blindly from one half-hearted relationship to the next. When Andrew is forced to move back home to his childhood neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia and take a job alongside his father as a “remover,” the name for those unseen, unsung men whose charge it is to take away the dead from their last rooms, he begins to see his father not through the lens of a wronged and resentful child, but through that of a sympathetic, imperfect man.

Called “artful” and “compelling” by Thomas Lynch in The Wall Street Journal, Meredith’s poetic voice is as unforgettable as his story, and “he tucks his bittersweet childhood memories between tales of removals as carefully as the death certificates he slips between the bodies he picks up and the stretcher-like contraption that transports each body to the waiting vehicle” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune). “Potent” (Publishers Weekly), and “ultimately rewarding” (The Boston Globe), The Removers is a searing, coming-of-age memoir with “lyrical language and strong sense of place” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476761213
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 07/15/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Andrew Meredith has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo and from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He received an MFA in Fiction from UNC-Greensboro. The Removers is his first book.

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The Removers: A Memoir 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A memoir about one man's exit from Philadelphia. Brilliantly written. ~*~LEB~*~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't horrible but it was more about the guys random life and not as much about removing bodies and the funeral business.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago