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. “More engaging than any new fiction in years.” —Chuck Palahniuk An unforgettable work of fiction that peers into the soul of a tough Midwestern. The majority of the inhabitants of Knockemstiff, Ohio – a town so insignificant it has long since vanished from any map – seem straight out of.

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His dialogue is first rate. A powerful, brutally poignant story about how horrendously unlucky it is to be gay in Knockemstiff.

The stories are tense and riveting yet the result are a bit weakened by the quantity of tales; 19 I believe. This is a powerful talent at work. Half the stories the first fourth of the book and the last fourth are very knockesmtiff indeed.

Their relationships with one another are complicated and often violent; donaald community seems like a circus of strange creatures. Characters tend to weave in and out of the stories like pesky moths.

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The Best Novels. Tina Elliot is leaving tomorrow, heading off with Boo Nesser to shack up in a trailer next to a Texas oil field, and I feel as bad as the time my mother died.

I could try to introduce them, but it’s better to let them introduce themselves. Rendered in the American vernacular with vivid imagery and a wry, dark sense of humor, these thwarted and sometimes violent lives jump off the page at the reader with inexorable force. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dec 16, Brian rated it it was amazing. It was the only thing he was ever good at.


They are good even if it’s doubtful very many of the characters can be called good. I’m glad it’s over. Pollock’s language is stark and brutal, but at times poetic and distinctive.

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A faded Reds ball cap was cocked on her head at an angle that seemed to foretell, in my gloomy state, an ill-fated ride with a stranger. Other stories deal with OxyContin addiction, massive steroid use, rape, knockemstigf, murder, and random acts of nastiness.

Aug 17, Adam rated it it was amazing Shelves: Pollock’s stories bear witness to another quote by Gilles Deleuze that I hold true, that being, “The law of the world, donaald more generally the law of language, is that one kncokemstiff expresses oneself like the people of one’s mental class and not of one’s caste of origin.

Mar 16, Maciek rated it really liked it Shelves: However, despite the unpleasantness, this is just wonderful. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to nod hello to the rest of the drunks, drug addicts, rapists, racists, and murderers. His stories are well-paced and memorable, although often rather disturbing.

I know fish sticks are a casualty of poverty, but it felt like all the time it was just “fish sticks fish knockemstivf fish sticks” like there was some inside thing that I was outside of, and I hate feeling excluded. Bingham Prize for Writers Here’s how Pollock, who has a knack for grabbing the reader with his initial paragraph, opens this little ditty: Mountains and mudslides of magical, shitty shit-shit, little shitheads who even sometimes have actual shit all over them.

My father showed me how to hurt a man one August night at donakd Torch Drive-in when I was seven years old.

It was hotter than a fat lady’s box that evening, and by the time the cartoon began playing on the big plywood screen, the old man was miserable. 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 doanld and not talk to anyone for about a week. And while I’m on the subject all this underclass stuff seems to be a male thing – where are the women writing about this?


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You cannot but feel respect for a man who decided to completely change his life and get out of a menial job he where he has been working for decades.

Donald Ray Pollock was born polllock and grew up in southern Ohio, in a holler named Knockemstiff. Behold brisk tales of abusive daddies, huffers, whores, country-fried criminals and incestuous chillun. How horribly warped these rednecks view and treat women?

Pretty much everybody’s like “ok, yeah, this is pretty knockemstitf. Yes, Knockemstiff is a real city in Ohio, and the actual home town of Pollock, who became a writer only after 32 years working in a paper mill.

His characters, beyond a few passing thoughts, rarely reflect upon the disconsolate nature of their existence. Knockemstiff is that short story collection.


View all 12 comments. I read it while waiting to order at a restaurant, I’m not sure how long the waitress was standing there before I came out of my shock and realized she was standing there waiting for my response. There did come a point I though I could take no more but after a break I went back to it and I’m glad I did as the knkckemstiff is of a very high quality indeed.