Blunt, brutal, but infused with a deep sympathy, Knockemstiff is a pitch-dark and hilarious collection of stories set in a tiny town in Southern Ohio.
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.
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Excellent DebutUser 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 FictionUser 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