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Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff illuminates troubled small-town lives

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Knockemstiff, Ohio, is a place where bony dudes, emboldened after swigging whiskey from car ashtrays, flatten men three times their size in drive-in bathrooms. It's place where acne-riddled teenagers flee abusive fathers in favor of overweight, speed-popping homosexual truck drivers. At least that’s the Knockemstiff we get in Donald Ray Pollock’s widely-praised debut collection of short stories, aptly titled "Knockemstiff," published earlier this year.   

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