Set against the tumultuous era of the civil rights movement, Kate Mayfield’s memoir, THE UNDERTAKER’S DAUGHTER, is a coming of age story. Kate grew up in a funeral home in the American South. Her undertaker father opened his doors to every casualty of the human condition: from family feuds and freak accidents to murders and suicides. And, for a child, the business of death became as natural as life itself. Recalling the time she first saw—and touched—a dead body, smells the chemical tang of the embalming room, or finally learned why her father became an undertaker, Kate uncovers timeless truths about living and dying.