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The Liars' Club: A Memoir Paperback – May 1, 1996
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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."
From Publishers Weekly
Poet Karr's NBCC nominated memoir of her East Texas childhood is a blackly comic tale of a family prone to alcoholism, violence and insanity.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I was awed by the fierce determination of the older sister to stay "on top" of the many perils inherent in the mother's drinking and the father's frequent absences. Yet, the sisters derived some sense of security from their father's strength and rough love despite those absences. If only the younger sister had felt worthy of telling someone about the sexual abuse which surely affected her in later life.
This memoir made me shudder at times to realize how these family secrets hid so much pain and, still, these two went on to make subsequent stable lives or, at least, the older sister appears to have done so. Her strength of will seemed to be her guiding force in her apparent determination to lead the kind of she wanted and that demonstrates that we all have choices no matter the unexpected circumstances that arise in our lives. She proved that it is possible to turn any experience into something better with the use of courage and understanding of what we want in life.