The Liars' Club

A Memoir

Mary Karr - Author

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ISBN 9780143035749 | 352 pages | 31 May 2005 | Penguin | 5.19 x 7.59in | 18 - AND UP
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  • PEN/Martha Albrand Award
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A tenth anniversary edition of the landmark memoir, with a new introduction by the author

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.

The essential American story ... a beauty. (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World)

Astonishing ... one of the most dazzling and moving memoirs to come along in years. (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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