Knockemstiff

By Donald Ray Pollock
(Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780767928304, 206pp.)

Publication Date: March 10, 2009

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Description
In this unforgettable work of fiction, Donald Ray Pollock 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.



About the Author
Neil Carpathios is an award-winning poet and author of three full-length poetry collections, as well as several chapbooks. He teaches at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he also serves as coordinator of creative writing.
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