The only display of civic pride evident in Donald Ray Pollock’s first book is a blue tattoo — the words “Knockemstiff, Ohio” — etched “like a road. Praise. “Knockemstiff is a powerful, remarkable, exceptional book.”—Los Angeles Times“More engaging than any new fiction in years.” —Chuck. To say author Donald Ray Pollock’s first book, Knockemstiff, is “gritty” is like calling Antarctica chilly. In Knockemstiff — named for the southern.

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This is a sad place, populated by what can only be described as white trash hillbillies. Knockemstiff is Donald Ray Pollock’s first publication, comprising of several vignettes of the residents of Knockemstiff, Ohio.

Pollock grapples with savagery and reveals primal tenderness. Kevin Mears hide caption.

From there, it gets disturbing as our narrator A father pumps his son full of steroids so he can vicariously relive his days as a perpetual runner-up body builder. Personally speaking, I did enjoy the trips enough to give this four stars.

I do, I have sympathy for the choices they felt they had to make or were too stupid not to make. Mar 24, Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it Shelves: This set of slightly-connected stories they all take place in Knockemstiff, Ohio is so constantly great that I knocmemstiff help but shake my head.

I moved around the state before I moved out of it entirely and around the country.

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I grew up poor in the almost-south, I’ve earned the truth. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The Devil All the Time is his first novel. Pollack is blunt and to the point and that is kbockemstiff makes this a remarkable collection.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Copyright by Donald Ray Pollock. They crept up on me, leaving me breathless and knockemstuff. These are uneducated and poor white people, struggling to survive in a cycle of poverty, addiction, dysfunction and often times violence. Read an excerpt from Pollock’s story ‘Real Life.

Other stories deal with OxyContin addiction, massive steroid use, rape, incest, murder, and random acts of nastiness. In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Bopk peers into the soul of a tough Bopk American town to reveal the sad, stunted but resilient lives of its residents.

Pollock eventually dedicated five years to writing stories that frequently came to him as he drove a truck for the paper factory. I needed some redemption! Set up a giveaway. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to nod hello to the rest of the drunks, drug addicts, rapists, racists, and murderers.

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I was coming down off the Mitchell Flats with three arrowheads in my pocket and a dead copperhead hung around my neck like an old woman’s scarf when I caught a boy named Truman Mackey fucking his own little sister in the Dynamite Hole. Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a knockemstift dark sense of bottom-dog humor. These are a series of short stories that all are really fast to read.

I looked up at her and managed a “huh?

April 10, 4: Every morning my mother turned the kitchen radio to KB98 and listened to Miss Sally Flowers pray for a thunderstorm. A google search of what I thought for a second was some under-reported bath-salts-esque “ki One reason to wait until you’re 50 to begin your career as an author is that you plan to write stuff like this.

Biok stories include poverty, fights, stealing, pills, bologna, old cars, selling blood, and more. According to author Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff is an actual place, although I knockrmstiff it hard to believe that any place can be as depressing as the Knockemstiff Pollock portrays in his book of the same name. View all 22 comments.

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Ever since we’d parked, she’d been trying to show the old man that she could stick a hotdog down her throat without messing up her shiny lipstick. It sure is bleak around Knockemstiff, Ohio but these tales are told with heart, unlike other books in the same vein which seem to want to shock, Pollack wants you to know that this is normal behaviour for these people and not reality as passed through a hall of mirrors knockemstuff to grotesqueness.

While I’m not personally white trash I don’t thinkI have spent quite a bit of time in my past watching them, knockemstifg the same places that they go to, getting called a knockemztiff by them, going to their homes to deliver food and furniture, taking away furniture from them, working with them and still to this day being more afraid of them in a Wal-Mart when I’m home visiting my parents than I ever feel in New York City.

I recommend it anyone who is feeling sorry for themselves.

Knockemstiff, Ohio

Buy the selected items together This item: Hardcoverpages. Pages with related products. Those ki If you are feeling kind of crappy, like your life sucks and it couldn’t get any worse, pick up a copy of Knockemstiff and give it a read.

I’m not willing kmockemstiff pay 50 bucks for it, Amazon, but if someone comes across it in a thrift knockemstifff or at an estate sale, pleaseplease pick it up for me.

The writing here is phenomenal — cutthroat and precise.

Donald Ray seems to be working on a much higher, much knockfmstiff level than any other new writer out there. The stories are tense and knockemetiff yet the result are a bit weakened by the quantity of tales; 19 I believe. It’s short, straightforward and brutal. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. To be honest, I was picturing Knockemstiff to have a feel akin to Winter’s Bone.

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