Even Dogs Go Home to Die: A Memoir

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Harper Collins, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

Raw, evocative, and unforgettable. The snapshot pictures that sum up the young life of acclaimed outsider artist and author Linda St. John have the power to shock and disturb us as she offers a glimpse into her dirt-poor childhood in southern Illinois. These stories tell the tale of her father's casual brutality and her mother's cruel indifference, and how Linda and her siblings create their own kind of sanctuary that protects them from the violence they faced daily. But more than a tale of heartbreak, Linda St. John poignantly reveals her own indomitable spirit when, through her father's illness, she discovers the redemptive powers of love. With prose as haunting as it is precise, Even Dogs Go Home to Die is one of the most original, moving, funny, and heartbreaking memoirs of recent years.


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A collection of darkly comic thumbnail sketches that portray an abusive household from the perspective of a child whose intelligence (and maturity) surpass those of her parents. It's hard to believe ... Read full review

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St. John offers a stark memoir of growing up in an impoverished, abusive family. Each chapter offers a vignette of an intensely shattering experience: a brother beaten so badly by his drunken father ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Linda St. John's work has appeared in galleries and museums across the country. She has been a featured artist in The New Yorker, Ms., Art in America, and Time Out New York.She is married to photographer Duane Cerney, and together they own a gallery-store called D.L. Cerney, in Manhattan. The jacket art is original work by Linda St. John.

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