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Harvill Secker, 2008 - Knockemstiff (Ohio) - 206 pages
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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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User Review  - Dane J., Merch Team - Borders

In Knockemstiff, Donald Ray Pollock exposes the heart and soul of rural Southern Ohio. Set in the real Knockemstiff, the short story collection of the same name features several interconnected short ... Read full review

Knockemsick = Sick Lit, Not Literary Fiction

User Review  - lyle loves it - Borders

Comparisons between Winesburg Ohio and Knockemstiff seem only relevant on a very superficial level with regard to subject and place, and so not really relevant at all. Moreover, the writing in ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

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.

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