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KNOCKEMSTIFF By: Donald Ray Pollock July 6, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.
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     This collection of short stories is set in the actual Southern Ohio town of Knockemstiff. The tales are depressing and painfully real, frankly relating the miserable lives of very poor people stuck living in a dead town.  The residents cannot afford to leave, and some can’t stay off drugs long enough to forge a plan to improve their situation.  One cringes reading about the young people throwing their chances away, and the older ones who have no aspiration or hope left within them. This is the type of collection that leaves the reader numb, and thankful for the lucky breaks they have enjoyed in their own life.

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