KnockemstiffeBook - 2008
Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that comprise Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled and depraved--but irresistibly, undeniably real. Rendered in the American vernacular with vivid imagery and a wry, dark sense of humor, these thwarted and sometimes violent lives jump off the page at the reader with inexorable force. A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 206 p. : map ; 22 cm
From Library Staff
In this unforgettable work of fiction, Pollock peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents.
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