Crapalachia: A Biography of Place
"[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... show more
"[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"McClanahan’s frenetic account of life growing up in rural West Virginia practically seethes with place, with empathy, with humor and violence and the boringness/incredibleness of being young."FlavorwireWhen Scott McClanahan was fourteen he went to live with his Grandma Ruby and his Uncle Nathan, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Crapalachia is a portrait of these formative years, coming-of-age in rural West Virginia.Peopled by colorful characters and their quirky stories, Crapalachia interweaves oral folklore and area history, providing an ambitious and powerful snapshot of overlooked Americana.Scott McClanahan is the author of Stories II and Stories V! His fiction has appeared in BOMB, Vice, and New York Tyrant. His novel Hill William is forthcoming from Tyrant Books.
Publish date: March 19th 2013
Publisher: Two Dollar Radio
Pages no: 169
Edition language: English
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I liked this book very much and may up my rating to four stars depending on what follows. I think he has much better work in store for me. [b:Stories|6376375|Stories|Scott McClanahan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340077437s/6376375.jpg|6564061] and [b:Stories II|7462498|Stories II|Scott McClanahan...
He wrote the hell outta CRAPALACHIA, a scary "Biography of a Place" that makes the easy assumptions of rich and privileged people with computers do tarantellas of terror. And I reviewed it: http://tinyurl.com/leeg8yw Strong. Excellent.
Scott McClanahan wrote CRAPALACHIA and I reviewed it: http://tinyurl.com/leeg8yw Strong stuff. Excellent stuff. Read this for a summer's read you'll remember.
This is set in Danese, WVa, a town so small I've never even heard of it -- and not to brag or anything, but I know a fair amount of the smallest towns in West Virginia.