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Praise for Crapalachia (also by Scott McClanahan)

"McClanahan's prose is miasmic, dizzying, repetitive. A rushing river of words that reflects the chaos and humanity of the place from which he hails. [McClanahan] aims to lasso the moon... He is not a writer of half-measures. The man has purpose. This is his symphony, every note designed to resonate, to linger."
—New York Times Book Review

"Crapalachia is the genuine article: intelligent, atmospheric, raucously funny and utterly wrenching. McClanahan joins Daniel Woodrell and Tom Franklin as a master chronicler of backwoods rural America."
—The Washington Post

"The book that took Scott McClanahan from indie cult writer to critical darling is a series of tales that read like an Appalachian Proust all doped up on sugary soft drinks, and has made a fan of everybody who has opened it up."
—Flavorwire

"McClanahan’s deep loyalty to his place and his people gives his story wings: 'So now I put the dirt from my home in my pockets and I travel. I am making the world my mountain.' And so he is."
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"[Crapalachia is] a wild and inventive book, unquestionably fresh of spirit, and totally unafraid to break formalisms to tell it like it was."
—Vice

"Part memoir, part hillbilly history, part dream, McClanahan embraces humanity with all its grit, writing tenderly of criminals and outcasts, family and the blood ties that bind us."
—Interview Magazine

"A brilliant, unnerving, beautiful curse of a book that will both haunt and charmingly engage readers for years and years and years."
—The Nervous Breakdown

"McClanahan's style is as seductive as a circuit preacher's. Crapalachia is both an homage and a eulogy for a place where, through the sorcery of McClanahan's storytelling, we can all pull up a chair and find ourselves at home."
—San Diego City Beat

"Epic. McClanahan’s prose is straightforward, casual, and enjoyable to read, reminiscent at times of Kurt Vonnegut. Crapalachia is one of the rare books that, after you reach the end, you don’t get up to check your e-mail or Facebook or watch TV. You just sit quietly and think about the people of the book and how they remind you of people you used to know. You feel lucky to have known them, and you feel grateful to McClanahan for the reminder."
—Rain Taxi Review of Books

About the Author

Scott McClanahan is a writer from West Virginia. His work has appeared or has been featured in New York Tyrant, Bomb, Vice, and Harper Perennial's 52 Stories. His books include "Stories II" and "Stories V!" In 2013 Two Dollar Radio will release his book Crapalachia. He helps run the video-terrorist group Holler Presents with C.J. Oxley. Their films include "Preacher Man", "The Education of Bertie Mae McClanahan", "Lil' Audrey's Last Day of School", and the 34 film video monologue/poem project, "The Life and Death of Scott McClanahan". You can view this work at hollerpresents.com. He is also part of the band Holler Boys who will release their first album Holler Boys' Greatest Hits in 2013. He is married to Sarah. His children are Iris Grace and Samuel Ray. His father-in-law is Elonza Tavenous Turner. Scott likes chicken wings and beer and cheese. He is happy you bought this book from New York Tyrant Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrant Books (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985023554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985023553
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Janet Rowell on January 15, 2014
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Oh man. Such a short book, such a huge impact!!! Yes, there's southern poverty and deep family dysfunction, but also a hugely compelling voice, perfect writing and so much frickin heart. Love, love, love this book.
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Dark, funny, and painfully honest about a childhood spent in rural West Virginia. The way McClanahan blends the nightmares, disappointments, triumphs and confusion of a child's mind into this short chronicle is both accessible and masterful. Much like the child who narrates the story, the book lays it's vulnerabilities out for all to see; the flawed logic, strange experiences, and terrifying realities of growing up are all presented without apology or personal judgement. An intense and excellent addition to the repertoire of a rising author.
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For better or worse, I have had many of the same parallel or similar experiences McClanahan writes about. This read was darker than some of McClanahan's other work, but it was viscerally gripping. Makes me wish I knew the author personally, so that I could give him a ring and ask "How you holdin up, buddy?"
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It really is something to see how McClanahan can hit readers with such penetrating emotions with a narrative voice that is both calm and non-manipulative. He just lays it out there, though the words still have an essential poetry to them, and it seems so straightforward that you don't even see it coming. Then it hits you. There is some real power there, and it's all the more impressive because McClanahan makes it seem effortless. It just 'is' something that moves.
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Scott writes like no one else. You wanna make comparisons to Breece D'j Pancake and there "southern" writers? OK, you can do that if you like, but HILL WILLIAM just isn't like other books lumped into the same "genre". It's BETTER. It's ALIVE.

I don't think i can recommend this amazing book highly enough. It's just beautiful, it's real, and it has a beating heart. What more do you want from a book?
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If it's about the plot, you're going to hate it. A character-driven romp through Southern poverty and dysfunction. I identified with the voice, the frustrations, and even the insanity of the narrator. I didn't want to put the book down.

Until I reached the end. That made me close the book quickly. I totally see where it came from...but that doesn't make it any better of an ending. I felt a bit cheated. But it made me realize how much I really enjoyed McClanahan's writing. Fantastic read.
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Well I could say all kinds of great things about the feeling of deep emotional honesty inside this book, not to mention the humor, and childlike way he approaches childhood, but if you read the first review of this book(by BAC), then why waste your time reading any other reviews, i mean god damn, for real. buy the book. read the book.
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