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The Liars' Club: A Memoir

The Liars' Club: A Memoir
Author: Mary Karr
ISBN 13: 9780143035749
ISBN 10: 143035746
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2005-05-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
List Price: $17.00

When it was published in 1995, Mary Karr's The Liars' Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, as well as bringing about a dramatic revival of the form. Karr's comic childhood in an east Texas oil town brings us characters as darkly hilarious as any of J. D. Salinger's—a hard-drinking daddy, a sister who can talk down the sheriff at twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. Now with a new introduction that discusses her memoir's impact on her family, this unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, lively, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) today as it ever was.

Michiko Kakutani

Ms. Karr has written an astonishing book. -- New York Times