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The Liars' Club

Karr, Mary

Published by New York: Viking, 1995, New York, 1995
ISBN 10: 0670850535 / ISBN 13: 9780670850532
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Title: The Liars' Club

Publisher: New York: Viking, 1995, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First American Edition


Hard Cover. Very Good. First American Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 1st American Ed., 1st Printing, HB/DJ, F/VG, 320 pp., slight rubbing to front & rear surface of DJ, otherwise fine. Author's memoirs, her 1st book of prose. Winner of Pen Faulkner Award for this witty, bittersweet yet raucous coming-of-age memoir. Photographs from the author's collection. Bookseller Inventory # 1279

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Synopsis: A trenchant memoir of a troubled American childhood from the child's point of view describes growing up in a an East Texas refinery town, life in the midst of a turbulent family of drunks and liars, a schoolyard rape, and other dark secrets. 25,000 first printing.

Review: In this funny, razor-edged memoir, Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a volatile, defiantly loving family. She recalls her painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip into psychosis; a fist-swinging father who spun tales with his cronies--dubbed the Liars' Club; and a neighborhood rape when she was eight. An inheritance was squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled at the deserving and undeserving. With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a poet's eye for the lyrical detail, Karr shows us a "terrific family of liars and drunks ... redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth."

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