The Liar's Club: A Memoir

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'Astonishing . . . One of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years' New York Times

Mary Karr grew up in a swampy East Texas refinery town in a volatile and defiantly loving family. In this devastating, haunting memoir, she looks back at life with a painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip over into psychosis, and a heavy-drinking, fist-swinging father who liked nothing better than to spin tales with his cronies at the Liars' Club. Telling her story with a raw and often painful honesty, and an authenticity entirely stripped of self-pity, the harshness of the world Karr paints is redeemed by her warmth, intelligent humour and finelyspun prose; The Liars' Club is both heart-stopping and heartfelt.

'An unsparing portrait of a fractured childhood' Vogue

'A bruising, beautiful book' Christopher Hope

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A trenchant memoir of a troubled American childhood from the child`s point of view describes growing up in an East Texas refinery town, life in the midst of turbulent family of drunks and liars, a schoolyard rape, and other dark secrets. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. NYT. Amazon.com description: Product Description: A trenchant memoir of a troubled American childhood from the child`s point of view describes growing up in an East Texas refinery town, life in the midst of turbulent family of drunks and liars, a schoolyard rape, and other dark secrets. Reprint. 75,000 first printing. NYT

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Harrowing but funny . . . A father prone to brawls; a heavy-drinking mother who teetered on the verge of self-destruction; a grandmother who carried a hacksaw in her handbag. But through it all shines humour, warmth and genuine love. ( Sunday Times)

Her grandmother carried a hacksaw in her handbag, her mother hit the bottle, her home was once voted one of the ten ugliest towns on the planet and to cap it all, she was raped . . . What makes this such extraordinary reading is that, far from being a catalogue of horrors, The Liars' Club is often very funny. ( Guardian)

The Liars' Club is written by a master of poetically slangy prose, a language so alive it makes the telling of acutely painful experiences seem like child's play. You relax into a light adventure or innocent beauty, wholly unprepared for the sudden jolts of harrowing violence experienced by the tiny "Little Mary". You cry at her dark loneliness, you rejoice at her humour and defiance. When you finish the last chapter, you quite simply celebrate her survival. (Elena Lappin Independent)

Astonishing . . . One of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years. ( New York Times)

It's difficult to believe that childhood rape, mental instability, arson and lingering death could produce a book in any way uplifting, but that's what Mary Karr achieves in this splendid memoir, characterised by gallows humour and unflinching fortitude . . . Exceptionally powerful. ( Observer)

Breathtakingly shrewd and loving ( Independent)

Utterly Gripping (Margaret Forster Sunday Times)

You`ll want to forget it and won't be able to. (Zadie Smith Guardian)

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