Author(s): Donald Ray Pollock

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"Knockemstiff" is a pitch-dark and often hilarious collection of stories set in the tiny Appalachian town of Knockemstiff, Ohio, a community so deprived and diminished it no longer appears on any map. The youth of Knockemstiff grow up in the malignant shadow of their parents; raised on abuse, alcohol, drugs and cigarettes, they are stunted in every possible way: emotionally, mentally, sometimes physically. They talk a lot about escape but they never so much as cross the county line. The stories in "Knockemstiff" are simple and compact, blunt and brutal, but are also infused with a deep sympathy for the incapacitating loneliness of poverty, neglect and severely limited horizons. "Knockemstiff" is a human, very funny and unforgettable debut from a stunning new voice in American fiction.


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Knockemstiff is the world of Vernon God Little by a writer who depicts poor America like no other. Donald Ray Pollock is an astonishing new voice in American fiction.

Don Pollock grew up in Knockemstiff and worked in the Mead papermill for thirty-two years before leaving to become a writer. He teaches literature and composition at Ohio State University.

General Fields

  • : 9780099520979
  • : Vintage
  • : Vintage
  • : 0.158
  • : July 2009
  • : 209mm X 131mm X 14mm
  • : July 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : map
  • : 224
  • : Paperback
  • : Donald Ray Pollock