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
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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