Rainbow Pie : A Memoir of Redneck America Paperback
by Joe Bageant
As Obama's triumphant 'Yes we can' continues to reverberate, it's tempting to believe that a new era of opportunity has dawned.
But there still are several million dirt-poor, disgruntled Americans for whom the possibility of change is as far away as ever.
These are the gun-owning, donut dunkin', uninsured, underemployed rednecks who occupy America's heartland: the ones who never got a slice of the pie during the good times, and the ones who have been hit hardest by the economic slump.
Theirs is a hard-luck story that goes back generations and Joe Bageant tells it here with poignancy, indignation, and tinder-dry wit.
Through the tale of his own rambunctious Scots-Irish family, starting with his grandparents Maw and Pap, Bageant traces the post-war migration of the rural poor to the sprawling suburbs where they found, not the affluence they'd dreamed of, but isolation and deprivation, and the bitter futility of hope.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books
- Publication Date: 06/10/2011
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9781846272585