The only display of civic pride evident in Donald Ray Pollock’s first book is a blue tattoo — the words “Knockemstiff, Ohio” — etched “like a road. Praise. “Knockemstiff is a powerful, remarkable, exceptional book.”—Los Angeles Times“More engaging than any new fiction in years.” —Chuck. To say author Donald Ray Pollock’s first book, Knockemstiff, is “gritty” is like calling Antarctica chilly. In Knockemstiff — named for the southern.

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East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Just that morning, I’d heard my mother get on the phone and rag to her sister, the one that lived in town. And while I’m on the subject all this underclass stuff seems to be a male thing – where are the women writing about this?

View all 8 comments. Inspired by Your Browsing History. A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. April 10, 4: Pollock’s stories bear witness to another quote by Gilles Deleuze that I hold true, that being, “The law of the world, and more generally the law of language, is that one always expresses oneself like the people of one’s mental class and not of one’s caste of origin.

He… Knockemstifv about Donald Ray Pollock. Start reading Knockemstiff on your Kindle in under a minute. From there, it gets disturbing as our narrator I know fish sticks are a casualty of poverty, but it felt like all the time it was just “fish sticks fish sticks fish sticks” like there was some inside thing that I was outside of, and I hate feeling excluded.


She’d tried to shave them with the old man’s straight razor, but her legs were like sticks of butter. Nov 20, Minutes.

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He tells Scott Simon that the people he grew up with in Knockemstiff, Ohio, weren’t nearly as colorful as the pitiful characters that come to life on his pages. This read is not for everyone. If you try to speed through Knockemstiff in a few days, like I did the first time I read it back in springyou may have to fight back the urge to curl up on the bathroom floor and not talk to anyone for about a week.

A google search of what I thought for a second was some under-reported bath-salts-esque “kids these days” drug craze which I had somehow never heard of quickly revealed that Donald Ray Pollock actually knew that guy who notoriously huffed the Bactine that one time.

Author Donald Ray Pollock worked in a paper factory for 32 years before he wrote his first book. Dec 16, Brian rated it it was amazing.

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Some even actually leave but are ultimately brought down by the past or are pulled back. The stories are sometimes interrelated, some characters guest star in multiple stories and the book is bookended and anchored towards the middle with stories about one particular family. See all books by Donald Ray Pollock.

The setting, the people, the stories described by Pollock are so depressed, so downtrodden, and so hopelessly trapped in a cycle of economic hardship and misery that reading this can truly mess with your wellbeing.


I moved around the state before I moved out of it entirely and around the country. So there I was, stuck in the backseat by myself, chewing the skin off my fingers, and hoping Mom wouldn’t piss him off too much before Godzilla stomped the guts out of Booo.

For Say howdy to a bunch of wife-beating, lowlife, scumbag ne’er do wells.

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This has to be a running joke, and I want in on it. You’re telling me you guys are offended by a lesbian interpretation of Cinderella, but this somehow slides under the critical radar of the haternet?

But really, it was already too late. Here’s how Pollock, who has a knack for grabbing the reader with his initial paragraph, opens this little ditty: Write knockdmstiff customer review. It was hotter than a knockemsfiff lady’s box that evening, and by the time the cartoon began playing on the big plywood screen, the old man was knockeemstiff.

This set of slightly-connected stories they all take place in Knockemstiff, Ohio is so constantly great that I couldn’t help but shake my head. Once he found a voice in his head, writing his gritty stories came easily, Pollock says.