Knockemstiff Knockemstiff

Knockemstiff

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Publisher Description

"More engaging than any new fiction in years." —Chuck Palahniuk

An unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents. Knockemstiff is a genuine entry into the literature of place.

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 irresistibly, undeniably real. 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.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2008
March 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Wexxton ,

Unspoken

This is a tidy set of intermingled tales of the messy lives of a class of people whose existence represents the antithesis of the American Dreamscape. There are no alluring higher ambitions, no sense of unexplainable loss. Just the hardscrabble of getting through anther day. The story's told are refreshingly free sentiment and judgement and are to me seen as truly reflective of an underclass that has ceased to be recognised in real and literary life.

JRubino ,

100 Words or Less

Though not quite as hard hitting as his novel “Devil All the Time”, these short stories still carry some heft to them. They’re enjoyable, and certainly well written, but near the end these characters begin to wear you down. How much brutal callousness can one small town hold? Well, according to this book, quite a lot.

Oh, I do recommend this collection. There are moments of greatness – I simply wish it didn’t have to be drowning in despair.

calvin66 ,

Rich, rewarding, and fast

This is a book worth reading. Great characters, wonderful, direct writing, and a fabulous plot. I highly recommend it!

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