“Wickedly funny and at all times movingly illuminating, way to kick-ass storytelling and a poet’s ear.” –Oprah.com
The New York Times bestselling, hilarious tale of Mary Karr’s hardscrabble Texas childhood that Oprah.com calls the most productive memoir of a generation.
The Liars’ Club took the world by storm and raised the art of the memoir to an entirely new level, 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 age twelve, and an oft-married mother whose accumulated secrets threaten to destroy them all. This unsentimental and profoundly moving account of an apocalyptic childhood is as “funny, vigorous, and un-put-downable” (USA Today) as of late as it ever was once.
On this funny, razor-edged memoir, Mary Karr, a prize-winning poet and critic, looks back at her upbringing in a swampy East Texas refinery town with a volatile, defiantly loving circle of relatives. She recalls her painter mother, seven times married, whose outlaw spirit could tip into psychosis; a fist-swinging father who spun tales along with his cronies–dubbed the Liars’ Club; and a neighborhood rape when she was once eight. An inheritance was once squandered, endless bottles emptied, and guns leveled on the deserving and undeserving. With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a poet’s eye for the lyrical detail, Karr shows us a “terrific circle of relatives of liars and drunks … redeemed by a slow unearthing of truth.”