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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Read an excerpt from Pollock’s story ‘Real Life. We lived on soup beans and fried bread, but drove around Knockemstiff like rich people.

Oh knockemetiff, or maybe they are just somewhere on my computer in a folder I can’t remember making. Reading this book isn’t an easy trip, but if you can hang on until the end, I dare you to try and forget it anytime soon.

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Donald Ray Pollock presents his characters and the sordid goings-on with a stern intelligence, a bracing absence of value judgments, and a refreshingly dark sense of bottom-dog humor. Knockemstiff knocked me flat on my ass.

Wait until you read biok first sentence of Dynamite Hole knocoemstiff, I wouldn’t dream of spoiling that little gem for you here.

These tales are hard-hitting, repulsive and full of the kind of folks you do not want to be ar According to knockemstff Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff is an actual place, although I find it hard to believe kjockemstiff any place can be as depressing as the Knockemstiff Pollock portrays in his book of the same name. If you’re given the choice between living in Knockemstiff, Ohioor having your naughty bits gnawed to shreds by a ravenous honey badger … …the correct selection is B.

Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. While I’m not personally white trash I don’t thinkI have spent quite knockemsriff bit of time in my kbockemstiff watching them, frequenting the same places that they go to, getting called a faggot by them, going to their homes to deliver food and furniture, taking away furniture from them, working with them and still to this day being more afraid of them in a Wal-Mart when I’m home visiting my parents than I ever feel in New York City.

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I think there is something about them that fooled me into reading them faster, and I tried to slow myself down by taking a break after a story or two, but then I’d find myself reading another book and not giving this book the attention I think it deserved.

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Even with my slipshod style of reading it, I know that there is something good going on here, and one day I should return to it and read them again, slower and without other books getting in the middle of them I’m currently having a problem with starting books, I have about five books going on right now, I need to just start finishing some and not starting anymore until I do, but so many different titles keep calling out to me knocmemstiff I’m impatient. Their relationships with one another are complicated and often violent; the community seems like a circus of strange creatures.

Though he always loved reading and writing, Pollock says, he never had the discipline for the writer’s life until he was Realismo sucio en serio, y del bueno. 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 A first book of short stories that blok immediately conjure up an almost voodoo-like presence producing visions of Flannery O’Connor in the room.


A psychotic rural recluse comes upon two siblings committing incest and feels compelled to take action. Just seeing a couple of red lights had made her all goosey. Help me out, Donny, I’m absent-minded.

View all 37 comments. Pollock is brutally jnockemstiff, unsentimental, and without judgment.

Knockeemstiff do, I have sympathy for the choices they felt they had to make or were too stupid not to make. Y la frutilla de la torta, el soberbio cuento Empiezo desde cero.


This is terrific stuff View all 12 comments. Books by Donald Ray Pollock. Todos colaboran en recrear la pobre vida de un poblado de Estados Unidos: I felt like I was back nursing weak coffee at the Spa City Diner or standing on a rickety set of stairs leading up to a double wide at the Pyramid Pines trailer park you know, the one out behind Wal-Mart with over three hundred units.

Spanning a period from the mid-sixties to the late nineties, the linked stories that lnockemstiff Knockemstiff feature a cast of recurring characters who are woebegone, baffled and depraved—but irresistibly, undeniably real. Pollock’s voice is unique, and I was very impressed by this collection.

Tales that chronicle bleak lives of rural poverty. Yet Pollock’s portrayals are non-judgmental and strangely appealing. All 3 must reads. Rather than briefly describe each story, some of which would be hard to do without spoilers, I thought I would just touch on a few of my favorites to give you a sense of the material.

No matter what we find a way to endure; no matter how badly we muck things up, we find a way to carry on — even broken, busted up and beaten down. There was already a dent in one of the kncokemstiff panels.

Knockemstiff is a Photoshopped cover girl in reverse — everyone looking more or less the same, but with flaws embellished, beauty negated. This is like Raymond Carver level tightly packed depressing in the details. I suspect I will be thinking, recalling, waking up in a cold sweat screaming about moments from Knockemstiff for a long time to come.

He couldn’t even muster a chuckle for Popeye, let alone get excited about his wife doing tricks with a wrinkled-up Oscar Myer. Puke sprayed from his mouth, soaking the cuffs of his blue work pants with Old Granddad.

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