The Liar’s Club

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#4 on the list is The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr. Here’s a quick summary if anyone is interested. It reminds me of The Glass Castle, a bit.

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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One thought on “The Liar’s Club

    Tara said:
    January 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    sounds heart-warming

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