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Random House, Jul 31, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
3 Reviews

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 Debut

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 (2010)

Donald Ray Pollock, recipient of the 2009 PEN/Bingham Fellowship, made his literary debut in 2008 with the critically acclaimed short-story collection Knockemstiff, which was followed by the novel, The Devil All the Time. He worked as a labourer at the Mead Paper Mill in Chillicothe, Ohio, from 1973 to 2005.

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