Mary Karr The Liars' Club

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The Liars' Club

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'Astonishing...One of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years' New York Times Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet adn critic, grew up in a swampy East Texas refinery town in a volatile, defiantly loving family. In this keen and funny memoir, she looks back at a painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip over in psychosis; a fist-swinging father who spun tales with his cronies at the Liars' Club; and a neighbourhood rape when she eight. Karr paints her terrific family of liars and drunks with a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity. At times harrowing, her story is redeemed by warmth, intelligence and finelyspun, ardent prose. 'Adazzling, devasting memoir...She paints an unsparing portrait of her struggle through a fractured childhood. Recounting one apocalyptic event after another, Karr's voice never falters or rings false' Vogue 'The facts are harrowing, yet their narration - which crackles with wry humour, affection and defiance - is not... A funny, moving, astonishing book' Spectator 'Any evocation of a childhood that achieves a genuinely Proustian quality, but with short sentences and more laughs, has to be read... a breathtakingly shrewd and loving memoir' Independent

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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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Mary Karr kick-started a memoir revolution with The Liars' Club, which was a New York Times bestseller for over a year, a best book of the year for The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, People and Time, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the winner of prizes from PEN and the Texas Institute of Letters. Karr has won the Whiting Award, Radcliffe's Bunting Fellowship, and Pushcart Prizes for both verse and essays, and she has been a Guggenheim Fellow in poetry. Her other bestselling books include The Art of Memoir, the memoirs Lit and Cherry, and the poetry collection Sinners Welcome, Viper Rum, The Devil's Tour, and Abacus. The Peck Professor of Literature at Syracuse University, Karr lives in New York City.

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